Stellantis and LG have halted construction of a joint venture battery plant in Windsor, Ontario, claiming the Canadian government hasn’t met certain obligations, Bloomberg reported Monday.
The report cited an email from a Stellantis spokesperson confirming that construction of the plant, slated to be the automaker’s first large-scale battery production facility
Announced in March 2022, the factory was touted as a $5 billion investment by Stellantis and LG, likely with the Canadian government kicking in a financial package. A spokesperson for Canadian Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said the government was still negotiating with Stellantis and LG, but didn’t say how much money the government had offered to contribute to the project.
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Stellantis previously said the Windsor 100,000-square-foot factory would be completed by the end of 2023 and will serve as a technology center for “the development and validation of advanced BEV, PHEV, and HEV cells, modules, and battery packs.”
Since that plant announcement, Volkswagen has also chosen Ontario for battery production under its PowerCo unit
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“We will be making batteries in Windsor for the cars that my members supply across this country,” Volpe told Bloomberg. Canada already hosts a General Motors factory for BrightDrop electric vans
Stellantis has also invested big into Canadian EV manufacturing