PSA has inaugurated an assembly line for electrified drive trains at its Trémery plant north of Metz. The new line will have a production capacity of 120,000 units next year and 180,000 units in 2021.
The drives to be produced in Trémery will be installed in all the Group’s all-electric models – both in its passenger cars as well as in light commercial vehicles. In the longer term, PSA aims to significantly increase the above-mentioned production capacity: The group eventually aims to have 900,000 electric motors produced per year with the help of the Nidec-PSA joint venture – a goal that was set with the founding of the joint venture last year.
According to PSA headquarters, Nidec-PSA enables the Trémery plant to manufacture a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art electric motors for all-electric and hybrid vehicles. The company, in which both partners hold 50 per cent each, is based in Carrières-sous-Poissy in the greater Paris area. PSA emphasises that its aim is “to meet the needs of both Groupe and other carmakers”. In other words, the sale of the drive units to third parties is also a firm part of the plan.
According to the French Group, the installation of the assembly line for electrified drive trains took almost ten months. In future, Trémery will be the PSA Group’s first plant in the world to produce all types of powertrains in parallel. The plant, opened in 1979, is part of the Trémery-Metz production centre that provides jobs for around 4,000 employees, making it the largest private employer in Lorraine.
The plant has quite a history, having produced close to 50 million internal combustion engines since it opened its doors in 1979. At the opening of the new drive production line, Jean Rottner, President of the Grand Est Region said: “We, as a region, will be working alongside the industry and Groupe PSA to safeguard jobs and create a model of a sustainable and environmentally friendly company, with a view to building the economy of the future.”
Meanwhile, PSA is facing significant changes, as the French Group has agreed on a merger with Fiat Chrysler. What this means for electromobility in the new group is still unclear.