Stellantis boosts electric drive module production in Hungary

  • Stellantis expands production of electric drive modules in Hungary, aligning with the Dare Forward 2030 plan.
  • €103M investment, with Hungarian government support, signals commitment to transforming facilities for electrified vehicles.
  • Szentgotthard plant’s role in EDM production for BEV-centric STLA platform crucial to Stellantis’ electrification strategy.

A €103M investment pushes Stellantis’ electric drive module production and bolsters the Dare Forward 2030 plan

Stellantis has announced plans to expand its production of electric drive modules (EDM). The company will establish EDM manufacturing in Szentgotthard, Hungary. Operations will commence in late 2026, aligning with the Dare Forward 2030 plan.

A substantial investment of €103 million in the Szentgotthard plant powers this move, with further contributions from the Hungarian government. Stellantis has been methodically repurposing its global facilities for electrification. As such, EDM production is already underway in Tremery-Metz, France, and Kokomo, Indiana, USA. Simultaneously, the Mirafiori complex in Italy will increase the production of next-gen electrified dual-clutch transmissions (eDCTs) by 2024.

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Arnaud Deboeuf, Stellantis Chief Manufacturing Officer, stated:

“Bringing production of electric drive modules to Szentgotthard to support our transformation towards electrification is another important part of our goal to provide customers with clean, safe and affordable mobility. 

The people at this plant can be proud that their work will be an integral part of our electrified future and a core element of delivering customer-focused, class-leading electrified vehicles from our iconic brands.”

The Szentgotthard-produced EDMs are for vehicles on the upcoming BEV-centric STLA platform. That makes this site essential in Stellantis’ broader electrification roadmap. The transformation involves repurposing existing facilities, including machining essential components and final assembly and testing of 3-in-1 EDMs, integrating the electric motor, reduction gearset, and inverter into a singular unit.

Presently manufacturing internal combustion engines, the Szentgotthard plant is on the cusp of a significant shift. Stellantis is ensuring a smooth transition by providing upskilling training for its employees to meet the machining and assembly demands associated with EDM production.

Hungarian Minister Péter Szijjártó, emphasised the importance of the venture:

“This investment means that Hungary will have a stronger role in helping the automotive industry make its electrification transition. Now, traditional propulsion will be manufactured next to electric drive module production. With this investment, we are protecting jobs and ensuring the future of the Szentgotthárd plant.”

Stellantis is making substantial investments, committing over €50 billion to electrification over the next decade. This includes ambitious targets outlined in the Dare Forward 2030 plan, aiming for a 100% passenger car battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales mix in Europe and a 50% mix in the United States by 2030. 

Additionally, the company is actively pursuing battery capacity, with plans to secure approximately 400 GWh, and is on track to become a carbon net-zero corporation by 2038. Stellantis is undeniably steering the course for a sustainable and electrified future in the automotive landscape.

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