The Windsor and Brampton plants will receive all new tooling to focus on EVs
Two new R & D centers will be built in Windsor
The Federal government as well as the Ontario government will each give up to $398 million to Stellantis
Stellantis will invest $2.5 billion USD in Canada to create two new research and development centers as well as retooling both the Windsor and the Brampton plant.
The two new research facilities will modernize the automaker’s Automotive Research and Development Center located in Windsor, Ontario by acting as centers of competency. One unit will focus on electric vehicles while the other will be a battery pack testing center.
The Canadian engineering team supplements the American one, which is incorporated in the company’s headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, less than 60 kilometers away.
Other measures included in this investment package is the retooling and modification of the Windsor and Brampton plants. The two factories will receive extensive reworks that will make them capable of producing a variety of vehicles powered by different types of powertrains.
Indeed, the Windsor plant, which has made the Chrysler and Dodge minivans since their introduction in 1983 and is currently building the Pacifica, will now be capable of building entirely electric vehicles in addition to gasoline powered models.
The automaker has not said which future products will be built there, but considering the plant’s history, it seems likely that the upcoming Chrysler electric minivan will be made there.
In the case of the Brampton factory, a plant that was previously owned by AMC and has been making the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger since 2005, a new assembly line will be put in place. This flexible line will be suitable for battery electric and hybrid vehicles and it will make for an initial production capacity of 200,000 units per year.