European joint automobile manufacturer Stellantis has inaugurated the Sustainera Circular Economy Hub at its Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy. The center for circular economy will start its activities with the remanufacturing of high-voltage batteries, motors, and gearboxes for electric vehicles as well as with the reconditioning and disassembly of vehicles.
Repairing, Remanufacturing, Reusing, and Recycling
The main goal of the state-of-the-art hub is to extend the life of vehicles and their parts to ensure that they are preserved for as long as possible. Eventually, the respective material from remanufacturing and dismantling of end-of-life vehicles is collected for recycling purposes and fed back into the production cycle. In its initial phase, the new hub will host four activities to implement a 4R strategy: remanufacturing (Reman) and sorting (Reman, Recycle) as well as reconditioning (Repair, Reman, and Reuse) and disassembly of vehicles (Recycling, Reman and Reuse). As stated in an official press release, the company plans to add further activities.
150,000 remanufactured parts by 2030
The components remanufactured at the center will be marketed as a “sustainable, affordable alternative” via the Stellantis spare parts range under the “Sustainera” label. The facility aims to manage more than 50,000 remanufactured parts by 2025, which is set to rise to 150,000 by 2030. The same applies to vehicles aesthetically and mechanically repaired with “new, remanufactured or used parts.” These vehicles will be returned to the market via Stellantis’ own used car program, “SPOTiCAR”, or the “Stellantis & You, Sales and Services” network.