Stellantis on Monday introduced a $2.8 billion funding aimed toward overhauling its Canadian automobile vegetation to prepared them for electrification.
As a part of a wider technique often called Dare Ahead 2030, which can see Stellantis make investments greater than $35 billion globally although 2025 on electrification and software program, the funding introduced Monday will particularly goal upgrades at automobile vegetation in Windsor and Brampton.
The Windsor plant presently builds Chrysler minivans whereas the Brampton plant is answerable for the Chrysler 300 and associated Dodge Challenger and Charger muscle automobiles. The improve of each vegetation is scheduled to be accomplished by 2025.
The beginning of upgrades on the Windsor plant will likely be in 2023, and on the Brampton plant in 2024. This ties in with Dodge’s affirmation final yr that the Challenger and Charger will likely be accessible by means of 2023, at the least of their present type. You’ll be able to depend on Dodge providing successors to its top-selling muscle duo, although whether or not they are going to be provided with plug-in hybrid or pure electrical energy, or each, stays to be seen. Sadly, a V-8 is not anticipated to be on the menu.
Stellantis did not state what automobiles will likely be constructed on the upgraded vegetation, other than the Windsor plant introducing a “versatile multi-energy automobile structure” along with the present automobiles constructed there, and the Brampton plant introducing a “versatile structure” and constructing at the least one electrical automobile. It is potential the EV is the new battery-powered muscle automobile that Dodge will preview in idea type this yr and launch in 2024, although manufacturing on the upgraded Brampton plant will solely begin in 2025, Stellantis stated.
The most recent funding announcement will convey Stellantis’ dedication to electrification in Canada to $6.7 billion, together with the spend on a battery plant to be established with LG Power Answer in Windsor in 2024, and the addition of a brand new battery lab at Stellantis’ current R&D middle in Windsor.
Stellantis is within the midst of a significant EV push centered on 4 modular platforms. Among the many many new EVs promised to date embody the aforementioned Dodge muscle automobile, in addition to an electrical Ram 1500, and a lineup of electrical Jeep SUVs beginning with a subcompact due in 2023. The automaker hopes to take most of its manufacturers down the full-electric route by the top of the last decade, together with Maserati, Chrysler, and Alfa Romeo.