No more dependencies Chinese batteries ? We are not there. But the first French batteries for electric cars will be sold at the end of… 2023 in Stellantis cars. “The building is finished, we have been installing the machines since the beginning of January. They arrive at the rate of twelve containers per day”, assures Yann Vincent, General Director of ACC. The machine park will be fully installed in Douvrin (Pas-de-Calais) “during the first half of the year”. ACC (Automotive Cell Company) ? It is a joint venture established in August 2020 by Total and PSA – which became Stellantis at the beginning of 2021 -, to which Mercedes-Benz joined in March 2022. These three letters alone embody all the hopes of the tricolor (relatives) and the freedom of Europe. in the case of zero emission vehicles. Status sine qua non. It has not won, despite the massive European support of just under 1.3 billion euros.
“A hundred people already work in Douvrin. During the year, 300 more people will arrive”, points out Yann Vincent to Challenge. 40% of them come from the current French mechanics that today supplies its batteries to the site of petrol and diesel engines for Stellantis! A year ago, Stellantis management reached an agreement with three unions to encourage the transfer. In 2025, the battery factory should reach “1,000 employees, including one third from Stellantis, one third of people on the labor market and one third of recent graduates,” says Yann Vincent.