Stellantis announced this afternoon its two projects to achieve Next Generation European funds. Together they would represent an investment of 266 million euros, although the Zaragoza factory would take most of it, a total of 233 million. The most outstanding investment for Vigo will be the creation of a new battery workshop in the Balaídos factory.
In a press release, the automobile group reported that it will present the Thesis project and the Aries project to the PERTE of the Electric and Connected Vehicle already convened by the Government of Spain. The first will be led by the Zaragoza factory and will address the transformation towards electromobility and industrial sustainability of Stellantis. The Aries project (Recyclable, Intelligent, Electric and Sustainable Automotive), will be supported by the Production Centers of Vigo and Madrid, and has associated investments worth 43 million euros.
Aries «is divided into 26 primary projects that must be carried out before the end of 2025, six of them led by the Group, such as the promotion of the new generation of electric vehicles that are assembled in two factories, the implementation of a new Battery Workshop in Vigo, the reuse of industrial water or the reduction of energy consumption”, explains Stellantis. 25 entities participate in this initiative, 17 of them located in Galicia. 72% of the companies adhering to this project are SMEs, which assume 40% of the budget and opt for 55% of the aid requested. And of the entities participating in the Aries project, 9 are research organizations and providers of technology and knowledge.
“Electrification is one of the great priorities of Stellantis; the only manufacturer that produces 100% electric passenger cars in all its Spanish plants, located in Zaragoza, Vigo and Madrid”, recalls the automobile group. Currently, it produces 9 100% electric models in Spain and the mobility decarbonization process undertaken by the European Union will make these versions gain more and more weight in production.
"Faced with this moment of crucial transformation, Stellantis is mobilizing, together with a great team of industrial and technological partners, to promote its production of "zero emissions" cars in our country, assuming its commitments in terms of circular economy, recyclability of products and sustainability of the processes”, affirms the group.
Stellantis is an industrial leader in the Spanish automotive sector. Its three Stellantis factories in Spain (Madrid, Vigo and Zaragoza), have produced a total of 895,276 units at the end of 2021, corresponding to 14 different models, which is equivalent to 42.7% of the vehicles manufactured in our country. 89% of them are destined for export.
Electrification is one of the great priorities of Stellantis in the coming years. Currently, it is the only manufacturer that produces 100% electric passenger cars in all its Spanish plants: the Citroën ë-C4 in the Center of Madrid, the Opel Corsa-e in the Zaragoza plant and the Peugeot e-2008, together with the commercial and versatile Peugeot e-Partner/e-Rifter, Citroën ë-Berlingo/ë-Berlingo VAN and Opel Combo-e Life/Combo-e Cargo, in the Vigo Center.