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May 3, 2022

Stellantis plans big spend on Canadian electrification

New multi-energy vehicle (MEV) architecture.

By Graeme Roberts

Stellantis plans to spend CAS$3.6 billion (US$2.8 billion ) at its Windsor and Brampton (Ontario) assembly plants and to expand its Canadian Automotive Research and Development Centre (ARDC).

The announcement is part of the company’s Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan and its global electrification strategy spending CAD$45 billion through 2025 on electrification and software.

Facility investments

Windsor Assembly will build models on a new multi-energy vehicle (MEV) architecture with battery electric (BEV) capability for multiple models. The plant will have maximum flexibility to adjust production volume as needed to meet changing market demand over the next decade. Retooling is expected to begin in 2023.

Brampton Assembly will be retooled and fully modernised, beginning in 2024. When production resumes in 2025, the plant will introduce vehicles on a new, flexible, electrified architecture.

Both Ontario assembly plants are expected to return to three shift operations in order to support the demand for these new products. Actual product allocation will be announced later.

The Windsor ARDC will expand by adding 650 engineering jobs in various areas to support electrification growth. It will expand North American capability related to the transition to EV with a focus on electrified propulsion systems, including batteries, power electronics, electric machines, motor controls, energy management and embedded software.

The ARDC also will become the first Stellantis battery lab in North America, following the company’s announcement to establish a similar centre in Turin, Italy. The lab will be a centre for development and validation of BEV, PHEV and HEV cells, modules and battery packs.

A new 100,000 square foot facility will be added to the existing building with completion expected by the end of 2023.

Stellantis North America chief operating officer Mark Stewart said: “These investments reaffirm our long term commitment to Canada.”

The announcement increased overall company investment in Ontario to CAD$8.6 billion when combined with the earlier announced LG Energy Solution joint venture battery plant which will create 2,500 new jobs in the province.

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