PARIS (Reuters) – Stellantis on Monday inaugurated the first production line of electric motors at its Trémery (Moselle) plant, which will notably power the first electric model in the history of American brand Jeep.
“These electric motors (…) will equip segment B vehicles, which have a range of more than 400 km, and in particular the very first electric Jeep, the Jeep Avenger,” declared the CEO of the third world carmaker, Carlos Tavares, during a press conference that was broadcast digitally.
“It is a peculiarity that I find palatable in the merger between FCA and PSA (…), the first electric Jeep in history will be equipped with an electric motor manufactured in Trémery.”
The Franco-Italian-American group plans to increase this new activity with a first line capable of producing around 200,000 electric machines per year, then the gradual addition of other lines of the same order to potentially reach an installed capacity of more than a million engines in 2024.
“We are preparing to go step by step,” Carlos Tavares added, stressing that the addition of new capacities will depend on the initial speed of the electric car market in the current context of inflation of raw materials and fears of recession in Europe.
The electric motors produced in Trémery will equip the new DS3 E-Tense from 2023, then the new Peugeot e-208, Jeep Avenger and Opel Mokka Electric.
The re-internalization of the production of electric motors in an area of the group – within the Emotors joint venture held 50-50 with Nidec Leroy-Somer – illustrates the major projects that the automotive industry must carry out today.
Before embarking on this new activity, the Trémery factory exhibited a completely different specialty, the diesel engine, of which it was for a very long time one of the largest factories in the world.
(Gilles Guillaume, Editing by Tangi Salaün)
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