STLA partner First Automotive Cells (ACC) has opened up the first of its three planned European battery plants in France. The line will produce 13 gigawatt-hours initially, rising to 40 by 2030. ACC was founded by Stellantis and TotalEnergies/Saft three years ago; Mercedes joined the group last year.
Stellantis sells 24 battery-electric vehicles in Europe, rising to a planned 47 at the end of next year. The e-208 and electric Fiat 500 are in the top ten best sellers of Europe.
The company is also pursuing solid state batteries through Factorial and lithium-sulfur batteries through Lyten. Three battery plants are planned for North America.