LENS – Next Tuesday, near Lens, in France, the country’s first battery factory for electric cars will open its doors: a major industrial event for Paris, which wants to ensure its independence from the Chinese giant and even become an exporter within the end of the decade. And one of the flags of Emmanuel Macron: the restructuring will involve the production of batteries in France and Europe, at a time when China has taken a big lead in this field. ACC (Automobile Cell Company), a 50/50 joint venture between TotalEnergies, Stellantis (born from the merger of PSA and Fiat-Chrysler) and Mercedes-Benz, and therefore the first to open its “gigafactory” in France.
Currently in Europe only a few are active, but projects are flourishing in the Old Continent, where nearly fifty have been announced in recent years. In the north of France, an area that is a symbol of the country’s deindustrialization, four plants are expected to come into operation by the end of this decade. The first of these is the ACC of Billy-Berclau, near the historic site of PSA in Douvrin, which should be followed by the project of the Sino-Japanese group AESC-Envision in Douai (North), which will produce Renault from 2025. Introduction for Verkor in Grenoble – with the support of Renault, Schneider Electric and Arkema – plans to start production at its Dunkirk plant from mid-2025, again for the Renault group. Finally, ProLogium, a Taiwanese group specializing in “stable” batteries, announced its residence in Dunkirk in mid-May, with the start of production planned for the end of 2026.