Stellantis Refitting Indiana Plants to Produce Hybrid-Compatible Transmissions
Oct. 11, 2021—Stellantis will invest $229 million into reworking three of its Indiana manufacturing plants to produce a transmission that could appear in its offering of future electric vehicles.
The retooling of the Kokomo Transmission, Kokomo Casting and Indiana Transmission plants, according to the Detroit Free Press, will allow the company to build an eight-speed transmission capable of being paired with both ICE and "mild" plug-in hybrid options.
"This new eight-speed is the ‘multi-tool’ of transmissions. It is a versatile transmission that can be adapted for a variety of applications, allowing us the flexibility to adjust our production as consumer demand for electrified vehicles grows over the next decade," Brad Clark, head of Stellantis' powertrain operations division, said.
The announcement is one of the first detailing concrete plans for the company's $35 billion investment into electrification through 2025.