Battery gigafactory opens in Dunkirk

2022-05-02 0 By

France’s third giga-Usine will be built in Dunkerque, AFP reported.The first phase will create 1,200 jobs directly.Verkor, a start-up based in Grenoble, with backing from Renault, Schneider Electric and Arkema, has chosen Dunkirk as the site of its first gigafactor-to-make low-carbon battery components;This is important for the future of the French car industry.Verkor, President Macron and Bertrand, president of the Haut-De-France regional Council, made the announcement on the same day on February 2.Macron said several European cities had competed to host the plant, which “will create 1,200 direct jobs and 3,000 indirect jobs in the first phase of its development.”This is the third battery plant to be built in France, along with the AESC/Envision plant in Douai, Renault’s Planned Sino-Japanese joint venture, and the Douvrin plant being built by Stellantis and Total Energy, which is due to start production in 2023.Europe wants 25 percent of global battery capacity by 2030 (up from 3 percent in 2020) to catch up with China and protect its auto industry, and has announced more than a dozen battery plants to that end.In late December, Northvolt Battery Group announced the opening of its Swedish plant, the first of its kind in Europe.Verkor’s Dunkirk plant is expected to produce its first batteries in 2025, with a capacity of 16 gigawatt hours (GWh) that year;It will reach 50 gigawatt hours by 2030, by which time hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles will be equipped each year.The plant produces low-carbon, high-efficiency batteries that can be used in racing cars and high-end cars.(Editing: Xia Yu)