FCA to build new battery assembly complex

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FCA has revealed plans to build a US$55.6m (€50 million) battery assembly complex in Turin, Italy, as part of its overall e-mobility strategy. The new Battery Hub will be located in the Mirafiori complex and preparations will begin in early 2020.

“The automotive industry is undergoing a period of profound change and one of the major trends is closely linked to electrification,” said Pietro Gorlier, COO for FCA’s EMEA Region. “With its new car battery assembly center at Mirafiori, FCA accelerates its drive to electrify, adding another element to the ‘ecosystem’ that starts from supply chain and ends with customer support.”

The complete battery assembly center will be created in a specially designed building, allowing for potential expansion for future projects. The battery hub will also have an advanced technology center dedicated to quality control and testing of components provided by suppliers.

After assembly, state-of-the-art electronically controlled systems will be used to test the efficiency of the batteries. Comau, selected because of its expertise in the assembly process, will act as a partner for the initiative.

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