Stellantis announces two major initiatives in Italy in a bid to boost its electric powertrain offering and reduce its carbon footprint.
To advance its electrified model range, the automaker has signed a new agreement with Punch Powertrain to increase the production of the future-generation electrified dual-clutch transmissions (eDCT) (pictured, below) for Stellantis hybrid and PHEVs . The upgraded facility, developed within the Mirafiori Complex in Turin, Italy, will complement existing capacity in Metz, France.
Stellantis also announces the Mirafiori Complex will be home to its Circular Economy Hub, starting with three activities for the sustainable use of vehicles and parts. These include vehicle reconditioning, vehicle dismantling and parts remanufacturing, with the scope set to expand further globally. The ambition for its Circular Economy Business Unit is to quadruple extended life revenues for parts and services and multiply recycling revenues tenfold by 2030 as compared to 2021.
During a March meeting with officials of the Piedmont Region, Municipality of Turin and Industrial Association of Turin, Stellantis reaffirmed its commitment to Italy to improve its performance and, more specifically, to the Piedmont region to enhance the “Turin Manufacturing District” to which both of these facilities would belong. This district serves as a vehicle production hub, an electrification engineering center and the heart of design for iconic Italian brands.
Investment also will be seen at the Melfi facility, together with Sochaux in France, host to the new electric platform called STLA Medium. The platform is specifically designed for the battery-electric vehicle market, claims a high level of flexibility and is expected to achieve a range up to 440 miles (708 km).
Stellantis has invested more than €5 billion ($4.9 billion) in the past four years in Italian operations for new products and manufacturing sites. The company says it also provides training with the aim of reskilling and upskilling its employees, while continuing its collaboration with the Polytechnic of Turin that led to the creation of a campus of design and sustainable mobility within the Mirafiori area.
Carlos Tavares, Stellantis CEO, says, “Today’s announcements highlight both our commitment to Italy and our ability to take responsible decisions to anticipate the upcoming global change in our industry, as we push to achieve our Dare Forward 2030 targets."