France opens its first car battery giga-factory in Douvrin

France opens its first car battery giga-factory in Douvrin

2023-05-30 12:20:05

The ACC group’s battery factory for electric cars in Douvrin (Pas-de-Calais) should reach a total production capacity of 40 GWh (gigawatt hours) at the end of 2024. Two thousand jobs will be created there. ACC

The site inaugurated on Tuesday will produce battery cells intended to equip electric vehicles produced in France. Three others will follow in Hauts-de-France.

History! The inauguration this Tuesday of the Douvrin site, in Pas-de-Calais, will take place in the presence of three French ministers (Bruno Le Maire, Agnès Pannier-Runacher and Roland Lescure), an Italian counterpart and a German , as well as the three bosses of the groups involved (Ola Källenius for Mercedes, Patrick Pouyanné for TotalEnergies and Carlos Tavares for Stellantis). It is true that the giga-factory of electric battery cells of ACC (Automotive Cells Company), a company owned by Stellantis, TotalEnergies and Mercedes, is the first to go into production in France. With batteries, the automotive world marks its entry into the world of chemistry, after having spent decades in the mechanical world. A horizon made inevitable by the cessation of the sale of new thermal vehicles in Europe from 2035.

Yann Vincent, the CEO of ACC willingly takes up the “gigafactory” formula invented by Musk for Tesla: «By its size, the Douvrin project…

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