Automaker Stellantis, the parent of Jeep, Chrysler and Ram, among others, announced Monday that it plans to spend about 8 2.8 billion to prepare flexible architecture for its Canadian plant production overhauls, EVs and electrified vehicles in general. A “multi-energy” strategy.
The new investment is part of an initiative announced last summer to spend about $ 35 billion over five years, providing electrified architecture with four platforms that could scale across its 14 brands and anything from mini trucks to large trucks and vans.
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In 2023, Windsor, Ontario, the plant that makes Chrysler minivans with Chrysler Pacifica hybrids, will be transformed into a site that could create “a new multi-energy vehicle (MEV) architecture that will provide battery-electric (BEV)” multiple models. Capacity for, ”according to Stellantis, is evolving with flexible production to meet market demand.
Chrysler recently suggested Green Car Report It is “reconsidering” the minivan for the electric age.
The other factory will be restructured in Brampton, Ontario. Stellantis says it will be “re-tooled and completely modernized by early 2024” and the site will now make Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans, as well as Dodge Challenger coupes. But in a release, the company said it would introduce a “completely new, flexible architecture” to support the company’s electrification plan.
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The plant, which currently produces Hellcat muscle cars that have recognized Dodge as one of the most powerful brands in the United States, could soon be converted to electrical performance. The brand says a Dodge electric muscle car is coming in 2024, with an idea previewing this year’s model.
Outside of two assembly plants in Mexico, the North American production footprint of Stalantis is concentrated in the U.S. Great Lakes region. It has a U.S. Vehicle Assembly plant in Belvedere, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Sterling Heights, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; And Warren, Michigan.
Chrysler has not yet unveiled a similar plan for its U.S. plants যদিও although a report did mention a Belvedere plant for electric muscle cars last fall.
It is not yet clear if the Windsor plant could produce the expected plug-in hybrid RAM pickup that has been described as a range electric paradigm breaker.
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Stellantis has indicated that it will follow what it sees as a more lucrative product opportunity for EVs. CEO Carlos Tavares stressed last year that the additional cost of producing electric vehicles was “out of bounds” for the auto industry to survive.
The automaker has also confirmed plans to open its first battery lab in Windsor, Ontario, North America. The 100,000-square-foot facility will be completed by the end of 2023 and will serve as a technology hub for “development and validation of advanced BEV, PHEV, and HEV cells, modules and battery packs.”
All of this comes in March, with the company announcing the formation of a joint venture with LG Energy Solutions to manufacture EV batteries in Windsor, with a $ 4.1 billion benefit, which it says will “meet a significant portion of Stalantis’ car production. North American needs.”