The world’s largest diesel engine factory will produce more than a million electric motors in 2024

With 2035 as the horizon for the phase-out of traditional thermal engines, the large European manufacturers are beginning to prepare their factories, and also their suppliers, for a gradual but constant electrification. Along with the Volkswagen Group, Stellantis is the manufacturer with the most weight in Europe, and in recent days it has released a striking, because el 50% of the production of one of the factories in which it still produces diesel engines will be electric by 2024.

Although it is already a deep-seated news in itself, it has nothing that makes it stand out with respect to similar ones that other European manufacturers have given in recent days, such as BMW, who wants its Steyr engine factory to produce 600,000 electric motors annually by the year 2025.

What is really striking about this news is that the Stellantis factory in Tremery (Moselle), opened in 1979 and formerly owned by the PSA Groupe consortium, is that at its peak it became the world’s largest diesel engine factory.

However, given the trend of the automobile industry, the current situation is very different, because based on the data that Stellantis has recently given, the factory’s diesel engine production quota is in full decline, and today only 61% of the engine production of this plant corresponds to diesel engines.

Tremery diesel line
Diesel engines in production at the Tremery plant.

To achieve these goals, Stellantis will rely on two specialist companies in the field of component production. On the one hand, they have reached an agreement with the Japanese Nidec that has given rise to a joint venture called Emotors. With it, and after an investment of 93 million euros, they aim for more than 50% of the factory’s motor production to be electric by 2024, which means more than one million “e-motors” produced each year.

Both companies have already presented the electric motor with which they intend to make electric mobility more affordable for the bulk of the public. They have called it M3, and it is designed to work with a nominal voltage of 400 V.

At the same time that the Tremery plant prepares for the production of this engine, Stellantis has enabled another of its transmission factories. This is the French plant in Metz, and it has been done jointly with Punch Powertrains after an investment of 57 million euros. The mission of this plant after this economic injection is to produce gearboxes and transmissions for the consortium’s hybrid cars, with a goal of 600,000 “eDCT” by 2024.

“Trémery-Metz are an excellent example of how we are executing our transformation in production, both in France and across our global operations,” Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said of the news. “We have now created a new global value chain with trusted partners, including five gigafactories, to support our global electric vehicle battery strategy and drive our Dare Forward 2030 goals.”

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