Stellantis, who are a global mobility player made up of 14 motor brands including Vauxhall, Peugeot, Fiat, Citroën and Jeep, have said it plans to convert its factory in Turin, Italy into an electric vehicle (EV) hub.
This change will result in moving the production of the two Maserati models, the Ghibli and Quattroporte saloons, from the Grugliasco plant to the company’s Mirafiori factory. This will help to safeguard jobs as the company transitions to the production of electric cars.
The Mirafiori plant, which already produces the Fiat NEW 500 electric car, will produce a new electric platform to build the Maserati models between 2022 and 2024. Stellantis have said that Maserati will be all-electric by 2025.
In the process, Stellantis will make the factory a centre of electrification for the group. The 1,100 staff from the Grugliasco plant will move to Mirafiori by 2024. This factory is located just 2.5 miles (4km) away and there will be no impact on employment.
Stellantis said their first orders of business were to design the new electric platform for Maserati models, improve performance at all their Italian plants and give Italy a strategic role among the group’s main domestic European markets.
Global auto manufacturer, Stellantis, has also announced it plans to build its third battery factory in Italy. This is a joint venture with Mercedes Benz who are owned by Daimler.
The two motor giants have an equity stake in European battery cell manufacturer Automotive Cells Company (ACC). They plan to scale up the development and production of next-generation high-performance battery cells and modules.
It’s good to see the transition to electric vehicle manufacturing here is not resulting in any jobs losses but will help to stabilise the economy and local communities.