23 October 2019
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Fiat to build new 'Battery Hub' complex for new all-electric FCA models

FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) is investing approximately €50 million in a new battery assembly complex in Turin as part of its overall e-mobility strategy for its new generation of all-electric models. The new “Battery Hub” will be located in the Mirafiori complex, and preparations will begin in early 2020.

“The automotive industry is undergoing a period of profound change and one of the major trends is closely linked to electrification,” said Pietro Gorlier, COO for FCA’s EMEA Region.

“With its new car battery assembly center at Mirafiori, FCA accelerates its drive to electrify, adding now another element to the ‘ecosystem’ that starts from supply chain and ends with customer support. A journey passing through the recent partnerships on recharging infrastructure, Vehicle–to-Grid and services to support customers of hybrid and full electric cars, from Italy to the rest of the world,” continued Pietro Gorlier.

A complete battery assembly centre will be created in a specially designed building, with the potential to be expanded for future projects. The most advanced technology will be used with modular and flexible processes, including the use of collaborative robots working hand-in-hand with operators.

The new “Battery Hub” will also have space for training courses as well as prototyping and experimentation during the pilot process. It will also have an advanced technology center dedicated to quality control and testing of components provided by industry-leading suppliers.

After assembly, state-of-the-art electronically-controlled systems will be used to test the efficiency of the batteries. Comau will be a partner of the initiative thanks to its expertise in the assembly process.

FCA recently confirmed it will build a new electric-powered Fiat 500 at the Mirafiori plant in the second quarter of 2020. Around 1,200 people will be dedicated to the production of this vehicle with initial production of 80,000 units per year, and the potential to increase production in the future.