European battery cell production to involve PSA, Opel, Saft

May 02, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
European battery cell production to involve PSA, Opel, Saft
The plans for European battery production for electric mobility are taking shape: According to media reports, the governments of France and Germany want to promote a consortium consisting of the automobile manufacturer PSA and the French battery manufacturer Saft. The production site under discussion is a former plant of the vehicle manufacturer Opel in Kaiserslautern (Germany), which has since been taken over by PSA.

The plans currently being discussed in the economic ministries of France and Germany provide for large-scale and sustainable battery production. These plans have now been submitted to the EU Commission. Today, 2 May, the Economics Ministers of the two countries, Bruno Le Maire and Peter Altmaier, intend to coordinate each the further action.

Only last November, the German government announced that it would provide € 1 billion in funding for the development of battery cell production. According to the German Federal Ministry of Economics, the goal is to establish an alliance with other states to manufacture battery cells of the latest generation. This is based on the assessment that the European automotive industry will need competitive and innovative battery cell production in order to be able to keep pace with electromobility on a global scale. "Own know-how in this part of the value chain is crucial for the future market success of our companies," said Peter Altmaier. According to the reports, the French government intends to support the establishment of this initiative with € 700 million.

Opel did not want to comment on the reports. "Groupe PSA welcomes the approach of establishing battery manufacturing in Europe," explained the German PSA subsidiary.


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