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Suspicions That The Plant Would Be Built In Brampton Turned Out To Be Untrue

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Stellantis N.V. and LG Energy Solution have officially announced binding, definitive agreements to establish the first EV battery manufacturing facility in Canada. The investment is said to be worth $4.1 billion USD ($5 billion CAD). The joint venture will be responsible for producing lithium-ion battery cells and modules to meet a significant portion of the automaker’s vehicle production requirements in North America. Groundbreaking of the plant is scheduled to begin “later this year,” while production of the batteries are set to begin in the first quarter of 2024. This is in line with the production of the upcoming electric Dodge muscle car, Ram Revolution EV truck, Jeep Wrangler EV, and other vehicles that will be specific to the US and Canadian market. An estimated 2,500 new jobs are expected to be created out of this new plant.

This Electric Jeep Wrangler concept will be the brands first electric vehicle when it debuts next month.
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Stellantis-LG Windsor Battery Plant: The First Details

The Stellantis-LG Windsor battery plant aims to have an annual production capacity in excess of 45 gigawatt hours (GWh), and has the support of municipal, provincial and federal levels of the Canadian government.

Stellantis intends to reach 5 million EV sales by 2030, reaching 100% of passenger car BEV sales mix in Europe and 50% passenger car and light-duty truck BEV sales mix in North America. Stellantis also increased planned battery capacity by 140 GWh to approximately 400 GWh, to be supported by five battery manufacturing plants together with additional supply contracts.

That’s a lot of rare earth metals, to be sure.

LG – which will also supply General Motors with its Ultium EV battery technology that will power the likes of the Hummer EV and Silverado EV – has now secured production capacity of over 200 GWh in North America annually, which they say translates into production of 2.5 million electric vehicles per year.

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Image via Ram Trucks.

Brampton Stays Online?

Our suspicions of Brampton Assembly being converted into a battery plant didn’t end up being the case. Being the sole facility that builds the Dodge Challenger and Charger, the future of the facility remains publicly murky as production of these vehicles is expected to wind down in 2023, making way for an electric muscle car, which carries vintage Charger design cues. Previous rumors allege that Charger and Challenger production would return to the United States, likely to Detroit, but that so far remains unconfirmed.

Stellantis signed a 2020 collective bargaining agreement with Canadian Union Organization Unifor, agreeing to $50 million into three new variants of the popular muscle car, as well as continued production of the 300. This agreement is set to be re-negotiated by 2023, lining up with when the electric Dodge muscle car will reach production and when the current-generation, much-celebrated, top-selling Charger and Challenger ride off into the sunset. Before that, however, three new variants of the Charger and Challenger are reportedly expected. Stay tuned for more.

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Screenshot via Stellantis.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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