Kokomo, Indiana Selected for Stellantis’ Second US Battery Factory with Samsung SDI

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Stellantis has announced a noteworthy development in the electric vehicle (EV) sector. The company is set to construct its second electric vehicle battery factory in Kokomo, Indiana, in collaboration with Samsung SDI, a leading South Korean battery manufacturer. This ambitious project, which comes with a price tag of $3.2 billion, is expected to bring about a substantial economic impact on the region.

The joint venture plant, a testimony to the growing importance of electric vehicles in the automotive industry, aims to commence production in early 2027. This is in addition to another joint venture factory that is already under construction in Kokomo, scheduled to open its doors in 2025. The earlier announced $3.1 billion plant, like the new one, is projected to generate around 1,400 job opportunities.

Kokomo, a city located approximately 60 miles north of Indianapolis, successfully persuaded Stellantis to choose their region as the site for the second factory. Stellantis Chief Operating Officer for North America, Mark Stewart, cited the city’s compelling proposal in the decision-making process.

Samsung SDI CEO Yoon-ho Choi expressed their excitement about Kokomo becoming their largest production base for electric vehicle batteries in North America. This strategic move is expected to significantly contribute to Stellantis’ transition to a new era of electric vehicles, aligning with their ambitious target of selling 5 million EVs by 2030, with 50% of North American passenger car and light truck sales going fully electric by the same year.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb also expressed enthusiasm about this development, highlighting its potential to double capital investment, create new jobs, and have a lasting impact on Kokomo and the state of Indiana. To facilitate these endeavors, the state of Indiana offered an incentive package of up to approximately $186.5 million in conditional tax credits, training grants, and investments for the first Kokomo battery factory. This funding will help offset the costs of the plant’s infrastructure.

Stellantis is dedicated to the electric vehicle revolution and is not only focusing on U.S. facilities. They also have plans for a joint-venture battery plant across the border in Windsor, Ontario. Formed in 2021 through the merger of Fiat Chrysler and France’s PSA Peugeot, Stellantis aims to remain at the forefront of the evolving automotive landscape.

The development of these EV battery plants, however, has not been without challenges. Eleven U.S. EV battery plants, proposed by Detroit automakers like Stellantis, Ford, and General Motors, have become a central issue in contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers, leading to ongoing strikes against the companies. Union President Shawn Fain seeks representation for these plants and equitable wages for their workers, recognizing them as vital to the future of the auto industry.

General Motors recently made a noteworthy concession by agreeing to incorporate its three joint venture plants into the union’s national contract, essentially unionizing them. Ford and Stellantis, however, have not yet embraced this change, expressing concerns about increasing battery costs and pricing their electric vehicles competitively in the market. These labor disputes underscore the intricate challenges associated with the transformation of the automotive industry toward electrification.


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