Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions, Industrial - September 12, 2023
Stellantis Opens Battery Tech Center in Italy
Stellantis opened its first Battery Technology Center at the Mirafiori complex in Turin, Italy.
The automaker and mobility provider invested €40 million to develop the center that enhances its capabilities to design, develop and test battery packs, modules, high-voltage cells and software that will power future Stellantis brand vehicles.
Over 100 employees at the Mirafiori Battery Technology Center will perform and oversee climatic stress tests, lifespan durability testing, battery management system (BMS) software development and calibration, and tear downs of packs and cells for analysis and benchmarking.
Stellantis is also constructing a Battery Technology Center in Windsor, Ontario, Canada as part of a manufacturing network that will include six gigafactories.
“We are in the midst of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to redefine mobility, providing smart and sustainable solutions for our customers,” said Ned Curic, Stellantis Chief Engineering and Technology Officer, in a statement. “Our new Battery Technology Center at Mirafiori brings together the tools and talented people we need to design, test, verify and produce class-leading products that will meet our customers’ needs and accelerate bringing class-leading electric vehicles to customers around the world.”
The Mirafiori Battery Technology Center includes 32 climatic test chambers — 24 walk-in chambers for testing battery packs and eight chambers for testing cells.
The climate in the 24 walk-in chambers can be controlled for humidity and temperature, with a range from -40 to 60 degrees Celsius (-40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit) and a maximum change of 20 degrees per minute. The center can test up to 47 battery packs in parallel.
Designed for future growth, the technology center’s power system can manage up to 1.2 kilovolts (kV) and 2.2 megawatts (MW) per test cell.
As part of the Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan, Stellantis announced plans of reaching a 100% passenger car BEV sales mix in Europe and 50% passenger car and light-duty truck BEV sales mix in the U.S. by 2030.
To achieve those goals, Stellantis plans to secure approximately 400 GWh of battery capacity to be supported by six battery manufacturing plants in North America and Europe.