Stellantis opens battery tech center in Italy

Stellantis opens battery tech center in Italy

The investment will allow Stellantis to design, develop and test battery packs, modules, high-voltage cells and software.

Stellantis celebrated the grand opening of its first battery technology center on Sept. 8, 2023, at the Mirafiori complex in Turin, Italy.

The €40 million (approx. $42,334,800) investment to develop this state-of-the-art center enhances Stellantis’ capabilities to design, develop and test battery packs, modules, high-voltage cells and software that will power upcoming Stellantis brand vehicles, the company said. Spanning 8,000 square meters and equipped with 32 climatic test cells, 24 walk-in chambers for testing battery packs and eight chambers for testing cells, it is the largest Battery Technology Center in Italy and one of the largest in Europe, Stellantis added.

The climate in the 24 walk-in chambers can be controlled for humidity and temperature, with a range from -40 to 60° C Celsius (-40 to 140° F) and a maximum change of 20 degrees per minute. The center can simultaneously test up to 47 battery packs, Stellantis said.

The eight-cell chambers are capable of simultaneously testing 96 cells. This part of the technology center will be devoted mainly to screening innovative battery chemistry and cell behavior characterization for future development.

More than 100 employees at the Mirafiori battery technology center, most of them upskilled Stellantis workers, will perform and oversee climatic stress tests, lifespan durability testing, battery management system (BMS) software development and calibration, and teardowns of packs and cells for analysis and benchmarking.

Stellantis said it is also building a Battery Technology Center for North America, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, as part of a global battery development and manufacturing network that will include six gigafactories.

“We are in the midst of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to redefine mobility, providing smart and sustainable solutions for our customers,” said Ned Curic, Stellantis chief engineering and technology officer. “Our new Battery Technology Center at Mirafiori brings together the tools and talented people we need to design, test, verify and produce class-leading products that will meet our customers’ needs and accelerate bringing class-leading electric vehicles to customers around the world.”

“Vertical integration of the key milestones for electric vehicle battery packs – from design, to development and testing, to production – form the heart of the Stellantis strategy to produce class-leading BEVs with customer-focused performance. As detailed in the EV Day 2021 presentation, the Stellantis battery plan includes a dual chemistry strategy to serve all customers, design efficiency in battery cells and modules, and housing and pack assembly, for cost competitiveness,” the company said.

As part of its Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan, Stellantis announced plans of reaching a 100% passenger car BEV sales mix in Europe and 50% passenger car and light-duty truck BEV sales mix in the United States by 2030. To achieve these sales targets, the Company said it is securing approximately 400 GWh of battery capacity, to be supported by six battery manufacturing plants in North America and Europe. Stellantis added it is on track to become a carbon net zero corporation by 2038, all scopes included, with single-digit percentage compensation of remaining emissions.

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