An ambitious step towards energy-efficient transportation
Stellantis and Samsung SDI are pushing forward their joint venture, StarPlus Energy, with the announcement of a second gigafactory in the United States. Scheduled to start production in 2027, the facility will initially produce 34 gigawatt hours (GWh) annually.
“This new facility will contribute to reaching our aggressive target to offer at least 25 new battery electric vehicles for the North American market by the end of the decade,” he said. “We are continuing to add more capacity in the United States together with our great partner Samsung SDI and laying the next steps to reaching our carbon neutrality commitment by 2038.”Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis
Previous accomplishments setting the stage for future success
The duo previously announced their intent to establish a gigafactory in Kokomo, Indiana in May 2022. The facility, which is expected to start operations in early 2025, will have an annual output of 33 GWh, surpassing the original target of 23 GWh.
Aiming for a more energy-efficient future
The upcoming gigafactory is the sixth such facility, cementing Stellantis’ commitment to its Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan. The ambitious agenda includes reaching 100% battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales mix in Europe and 50% BEV sales mix in the United States by 2030.
Pioneering innovations in energy production
Yoon-ho Choi, Samsung SDI President and CEO, mentioned that their joint venture with Stellantis last year laid a solid foundation for their presence in North America. “The second plant will accelerate our market penetration into the U.S. and help Stellantis push forward the U.S. transition to an era of electric vehicles by supplying the products featuring the highest levels of safety and quality.”
- Start of production: 2027
- Initial annual production capacity: 34 GWh
- Location: U.S.
Imagining a carbon-neutral future
The new plant is a vital piece in Stellantis’ puzzle to become a carbon net zero corporation by 2038. With strategic plans and an unyielding dedication to a sustainable future, it seems like the days of cleaner, more energy-efficient transportation are not that far off.