Stellantis reaches deal to resume construction of EV battery factory in Windsor, Ontario

Stellantis has announced that an agreement has been reached with the federal and Ontario governments to resume construction of its electric vehicle EV battery factory in Windsor, Ontario.

Construction on the $5 billion battery plant was temporarily halted in May after Stellantis accused the federal government of failing to meet its financial commitments. The company cited the need for government support to ensure competitive pricing and state-of-the-art battery production in Canada after the introduction of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in the US.

The company, in a joint statement with LG Energy Solution, confirmed that NextStar Energy, a joint venture with Stellantis and LG Energy Solution, has signed a binding agreement to resume construction. The details of the agreement have not been disclosed, but in June, François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, mentioned that he aimed to match the subsidies offered by the U.S. under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) to level the playing field, a sentiment that was echoed by Mark Stewart, the COO of Stellantis North America.

“We are pleased that the federal government with the support of the provincial government came back and met their commitment of leveling the playing field with the (Inflation Reduction Act),” said Stewart in a press release.

The EV battery factory, announced last year, is expected to generate 2,500 jobs, with financial support from all levels of government. Production is scheduled to start in 2024, and the plant aims to have an annual production capacity of over 45 gigawatt-hours (GWh).

Previous Article

SpaceX granted permission to intervene in lawsuit over Starship launches

Next Article

Polestar achieves record deliveries, reporting 36% Year-on-Year growth in Q2

You might be interested in …