Stellantis chooses Indiana for second battery plant

Stellantis and South Korean cell producer Samsung SDI have announced the location of their second joint battery plant. The joint venture, called StarPlus Energy, will also build a gigafactory in Kokomo, Indiana. The joint venture is already in the process of building a cell manufacturing facility on-site.

The second joint battery factory in Indiana is scheduled to open in 2027 and could employ an expected 1,400 people. The two companies will then have a combined annual production capacity of 67 gigawatt-hours at the Indiana production site. Production at the first joint plant is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2025.

The announcement comes at a time when Stellantis is dealing with losses due to the nearly four-week strike by the United Auto Workers. The union is demanding that Stellantis, General Motors, and Ford Motor Co. include their joint-venture battery factories for electric vehicles in the union’s framework agreements with automakers. Stellantis and Ford have resisted so far, saying the battery plants are stand-alone businesses that require lower labor costs. GM has already agreed to include its joint venture battery plants in its master contract.



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