Fiat Chrysler is building a battery assembly centre at its Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy in which FCA is initially investing 50 million euros. It can also be expanded later for future projects.
The “Battery Hub” will also have a technology centre dedicated to quality control and testing of supplier components. There will also be space in the complex for the development of prototypes and training.
The announcement for the battery assembly centre comes a few months after the announcement to build a new fully-electric Fiat 500 at the Mirafiori plant starting in the second quarter of 2020. Around 1,200 people will be employed to produce this vehicle, initially with an annual production rate of 80,000 units. The GranTurismo and GranCabrio will also be used to produce the first all-electric Maserati models in Turin.
According to an investment plan published last November, Fiat Chrysler plans to invest more than five billion euros in the electrification of its Italian plants by 2021. The FCA plant Mirafiori in Turin is being prepared, among other things, for the production of an electric small car platform. This platform will initially be used for a BEV version of the Fiat 500. Further investments will be made in a common vehicle architecture and a plug-in hybrid drive system for the Jeep, Alfa Romeo and Fiat brands at the Mirafiori and Pomigliano plants.
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