Stellantis to Spend $2.79 Billion to Retool Canadian Plants for EV Production

Just a few months after Stellantis and LG Energy announced plans to build an electric vehicle (EV) battery factory in Ontario, the automaker has doubled down on plans to establish production in the province.

Stellantis announced plans to invest $3.6 billion CAD ($2.79 billion USD) into its Brampton and Windsor, Ontario plants to outfit them for EV production, according to The Windsor Star.

The announcement was made by Stellantis North America CEO Mark Stewart on Monday at the automaker’s Automotive Research and Development Centre (ARDC) in Windsor.

Upon completing the retooling for EVs, Stewart said the company would reach three-shift operations at the Windsor facility and would add 650 engineering jobs at the Windsor ARDC.

In the announcement, Stewart said, “Windsor is going to be retooled to produce a new multi-energy vehicle architecture that provides battery electric vehicle capabilities across multiple models.”

Stewart added, “Brampton is going to be transformed and fully modernized beginning in 2024. When production resumes in 2025, the plant is going to introduce all-new flexible architecture to support the company’s EV plans, including fully battery-electric vehicles.”

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In addition, Stellantis plans to build a 100,000-square-foot lab for research and development of EV platforms and batteries — representing the automaker’s first North American R&D lab.