Stellantis, the Amsterdam based automaker now home to a collection of car brands, announced December 19 the ramp-up of production of the all-new M3 electric motors, the result of the Emotors joint venture with Nidec Leroy-Somer, at its manufacturing plant in Trémery, France. Production capacity is expected to reach more than 1 million motors per year by 2024.
The activity represents a stark portrayal of the dramatic transition from diesel power to electric power on European roads and in automotive factories, signaling an immense shift to the use of magnets and electromagnetics instead of engines and fuel. Stellantis says that it has solidified its industrial footprint to achieve its goal of reaching 100% of passenger car BEV sales mix in Europe by 2030 and to support its Carbon Net Zero roadmap.
“Our commitment to be the automotive sector’s champion in the fight against climate change is reflected in each of our sites by supporting our employees on the next step in the electric adventure,” said Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares. “Controlling our electrification value chain will ensure our technological independence in the context of economic and geopolitical crises while mitigating the impact of this dramatic change for our sites and employees, particularly in France where we are and will undoubtedly remain the commercial and industrial leader.”
Starting in January 2023, the new DS 3 E-Tense, Peugeot e-208, Jeep Avenger and Opel Mokka electric will benefit from the high efficiency M3 electric motor featuring 115 kW/156 hp power and 260 Nm torque. Coupled with a new battery, the new permanent-magnet e-motor is a major enabler to improve the vehicle efficiency, providing a range of more than 400 km. It will be fitted to the new generations of various Stellantis brand vehicles as they are launched.
The Trémery site, which was one of the largest diesel production plants in the world, has been committed to the energy transition since 2018. For more than a year, the Trémery plant has provided 6,000 hours of training to its employees. At the national level, the Company’s Electrification Academy supported the training of 15,000 French employees.
With 12 plants located in the heart of seven French regions, Stellantis will continue to be the leading manufacturer in France on the commercial and industrial level. Over the past four years, the company has invested €2 billion in its production facilities. It will produce 12 electric models in France:
- Mulhouse: Peugeot e-308 sedan, e-308 SW and e-408
- Sochaux: Peugeot e-3008, e-5008
- Rennes: Citroën’s future electric SUV
- Poissy: New DS 3 E-TENSE and Opel Mokka electric
- Hordain: Peugeot e-Expert, Citroën e-Jumpy, Opel and Vauxhall Vivaro-e, Fiat e-Scudo (and Toyota Proace Electric)
Stellantis brands include Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Citroën, Dodge, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Jeep, Lancia, Maserati, Opel, Peugeot, Ram, Vauxhall, Free2move and Leasys. See www.stellantis.com.