Stellantis CEO Says Canadian Battery Factory a Possibility
July 26, 2021—A Stellantis executive on Wednesday told members of the Detroit Automotive Press Association an EV battery factory could possibly be coming to Canada.
Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, said two battery factories will be coming to North America, and "at least one will be in the U.S.," according to a report from The Globe and Mail. If Canada is not selected for the second, the U.S. most likely will be. Specific locations in either country have not yet been discussed.
Canadian Industry Minister Francois-Phillippe Champagne said "discussions are well under way" with Stellantis though declined further comment, citing "commercially sensitive information."
“We are in competition with other jurisdictions, as you would expect, but we have been making the case to these international players for establishing significant manufacturing capabilities here in Canada,” Champagne said. “We are blessed by geography, we are blessed by a talent pool, and we have the critical minerals.”