FPT Industrial , the Iveco Group powertrain brand, has opened its new Turin ePowertrain plant, claimed to be the group’s first totally carbon neutral plant.

Covering 15,000 square meters, the plant generates its own energy with solar panels and wind power, purchases additional energy from renewable sources and buys carbon credits to fully offset its CO2 emissions. A 6,000 sq meter internal space planted with 100 drought resilient plants adds a further expected absorption of CO2 of approximately seven tonnes a year.

At full capacity, the plant will employ 200 people to produce 20,000 electric axles and battery packs a year. The eaxles will equip heavy duty vehicles such as the Nikola Tre truck while the electric transfer boxes and compact battery packs will be installed in light commercial vehicles and minibuses, such as the Iveco eDaily.

The adoption of Industry 4.0 technology including automated warehouses, augmented and virtual reality, intelligent sensors, 3D scanners for metrology grade measurements, 3D reality simulators, cooperative robots and thermal imaging cameras will ensure improved safety, sustainability, quality, productivity, and logistics management, the automaker said.

“Iveco Group has set itself the challenging goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2040, 10 years before the deadline of the Paris agreement. This applies equally to our products and to the places where we work to produce them. From this plant we will supply e-powertrain applications that will complement an already extensive engine line-up, confirming our will to offer customers the right products and services to meet their rapidly changing needs and our credible ambition to lead the electromobility race”, said CEO Gerrit Marx.