Stellantis to Introduce Electric Drive Module Production and Speed Up Research in Hungary
2024. 02. 12.
In an effort to gear up for the transition, leading OEM Stellantis invests EUR 103 million to introduce production of electric drive modules (EDMs) at its plant in Szentgotthárd, Hungary. The step requires to accelerate EV manufacturing-related research; therefore, the company will also implement a EUR 10-mln R&D project. The investments are part of the company’s Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan that outlines ambitious electrification objectives.
Stellantis’ preparations for the transition are going full steam ahead. The leading OEM announced a EUR 103-mln investment that aims to add crucial Electric Drive Module (EDM) production capacities at its plant in Szentgotthárd, Hungary. In fact, the Hungarian operation will be the third location on top of France and the United States with EDM manufacturing capacities.
Machining, final assembly and testing will be all performed at the Hungary site. The new manufacturing functions should be up and running by the end of 2026 to deliver up to 630,000 pieces per year.
The investment, which is expected to create 100 new jobs, entails the necessity of reinforcing research efforts. Therefore, it has been decided that a EUR 10-mln R&D project would be also launched to enable the adaptation of Stellantis' current internal combustion engine (ICE) product-based manufacturing equipment to the EDM. Ten researchers will be added to the payroll.
Thanks to the investment the Hungary-based plant will be able to produce both technologies, namely ICEs and electric engines, which should provide a high degree of flexibility. The machining and assembly of the new electric engine drive module will be carried out in the same hall that was used for the launch of petrol engine production in Szentgotthárd in 1992.