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Stellantis Secures Increased Subsidies for Canadian Battery Plant

Stellantis is back in the game! They’ve scored some major subsidies for their battery plant in Canada, and now they’re ready to roll. The federal government and the province of Ontario stepped up their game, increasing support for this massive C$5 billion ($3.7 billion) project. Talk about a power move!

Construction on the electric-vehicle battery plant, located in the city of Windsor, Ontario, is all set to resume. The plan is to kickstart battery production in 2024, bringing in a whopping 2,500 new jobs. Now that’s what I call a real jolt to the economy! The plant aims to achieve an impressive annual production capacity of over 45 gigawatt hours. That’s a whole lot of energy buzzing around.

Earlier this year, things hit a roadblock when Stellantis and LG Energy Solution (LGES) decided to put a pause on construction. They demanded that Canada match the support offered to companies in the United States under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). It was all about leveling the playing field, you see.

But guess what? The feds and the province listened. They came back swinging, living up to their commitment and meeting the demands. Mark Stewart, Stellantis’ Chief Operating Officer for North America, expressed his delight, saying, “We are pleased that the Federal government, with the support of the Provincial government, came back and met their commitment of leveling the playing field with the IRA.” Now that’s what I call teamwork!

Although the financial details remain under wraps, the impact is crystal clear. This agreement is a win-win situation for both workers and Canada. Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland couldn’t contain their excitement, stating, “This agreement is good for workers and it is good for Canada. It will create and secure thousands of jobs – both in the auto sector and in related industries across Canada – and will further solidify Canada’s place as a leader in the global electric vehicle supply chain.” Talk about hitting the jackpot!

You know, this isn’t the first time Canada has gone all-in for electric vehicles. Just a few months ago, they offered up to C$13 billion in manufacturing tax credits and a C$700 million grant to lure Volkswagen AG, the German automaker, into building their North American battery plant right here in Canada. It was the biggest single investment ever in Canada’s EV supply chain. Canada is playing its cards right, using its vast mining sector and abundant resources like lithium, nickel, and cobalt to its advantage. They’re making sure they’re right in the driver’s seat of the electric vehicle revolution.

So, buckle up and get ready for a thrilling ride! Stellantis is back on track, and Canada is charging ahead as a global leader in the electric vehicle supply chain. It’s electrifying!

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