Stellantis has opened its first battery technology centre at the Mirafiori complex in Turin, Italy, following a EUR40m investment.

The centre designs, develops and tests battery packs, modules, high voltage cells, and software.

It is one of the largest in Europe and the biggest in Italy.

A hundred workers conduct stress tests, durability testing, software development, and teardowns for analysis.

The automaker also plans a similar centre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

The Italina centre covers 8,000 square metres, spread over three levels.

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It has 32 climatic test chambers, 24 walk-in chambers for testing battery packs and eight for testing cells. The eight cell chambers will screen battery chemistry and cell behaviour for future development.

The facility can test up to 47 battery packs in parallel and has the capacity to manage up to 1.2 kilovolts (kV) and 2.2 megawatts (MW) per test cell.