Stellantis has renewed its commitment to the two major Canadian factories. The Brampton Assembly Plant, which built the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger, and the Windsor Assembly Plant, which built the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, will receive 2.8 million in the coming years.
The announcement came as welcome news for Brampton, as the future of the plant was in doubt. The company only promised to create three models by 2023, sharing an older platform. Now the future is clearer Stellantis will begin relaunching the facility in 2024 once production of the muscle car trio ceases. When it returns online in 2025, it will create “at least a whole new electrical model.” It will also serve as a manufacturing facility for a completely new flexible architecture, but it has not been revealed which models it will support.
For Windsor, retouling will begin in 2023. Stellantis did not say when it would end, but said it would be home to a “new multi-energy vehicle (MEV) architecture that will provide battery-electric (BEV) capability for multiple models.” Both plants are expected to return to the three-shift schedule after being cut down in two shifts after pruning at the plant.
The rescheduling of investments in Canada follows last month’s announcement that Stellantis and LG Energy Solutions will set up a উদ্যোগ 4.1 billion joint venture to create battery packs for electric vehicles. The project is being billed as Canada’s first large-scale lithium-ion battery plant.
Also, the Windsor Automotive Research and Development Center (ARDC) will now become the first battery lab in North America. Stellantis is expanding the site by 100,000 square feet, where engineers will conduct R&D on BEV, PHEV and HEV cells, modules and battery packs.
Mark Stuart, Chief Operating Officer of Stellantis North America, said: “These investments reaffirm our long-term commitment to Canada and represent an important step forward as we move toward zero-emission vehicles that provide our customers with innovative, clean, safe and cost-effective dynamics. ”