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Stellantis secures lithium supply from California for EV batteries

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June 2, 2022

Stellantis Secures Low Emissions Lithium Supply for North American Electric Vehicle Production from Controlled Thermal Resources

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  • Agreement grows Stellantis’ decarbonized supply of key raw material for electrified vehicles
  • Sustainable lithium hydroxide to support Stellantis U.S. product offensive of over 25 all-new battery electric vehicle (BEV) launches and 50% BEV sales planned by 2030
  • Binding offtake agreement sets a new sustainability benchmark for U.S. battery supply chain
AMSTERDAM – Stellantis N.V. and Controlled Thermal Resources Ltd. (CTR) announced today the signing of a binding offtake agreement for CTR to supply battery grade lithium hydroxide for use in Stellantis’ North American electrified vehicle production.

CTR’s Hell’s Kitchen Project in California’s Imperial County will recover lithium from geothermal brines utilizing renewable energy and steam to produce battery grade lithium products in an integrated, closed-loop process, eliminating the need for evaporation brine ponds, open pit mines, and fossil-fueled processing.

“In the fight against global warming, bolstering our battery electric vehicle supply chain to support our bold electrification ambitions is absolutely critical,” said Carlos Tavares, Stellantis CEO. “Ensuring we have a robust, competitive, and low-carbon lithium supply from various partners around the world will enable us to meet our aggressive electric vehicle production plans in a responsible manner.”

“This definitive offtake agreement with Stellantis sets a new benchmark for the automotive industry in the United States,” said Rod Colwell, CTR’s CEO. “Securing clean lithium produced with energy from a renewable resource helps to further decarbonize the battery supply chain which in turn, delivers cleaner cars with less environmental impact. We look forward to a strong and successful relationship with Stellantis.”

CTR will supply Stellantis with up to 25,000 metric tons per year of lithium hydroxide over the 10-year term of the agreement. Stellantis announced in late 2021 a similar supply deal to support its European vehicle production.

As part of the Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan, Stellantis announced plans to have global annual battery electric vehicle sales of five million vehicles 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 in Europe and North America, together with additional supply contracts.

CTR will produce battery grade lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate along with geothermal energy in Imperial County, California with a resource production capacity in excess of 300,000 metric tons per year.
 

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FCA US LLC Reaches Agreement with U.S. Attorney’s Office to Resolve Diesel Emissions Investigation


June 3, 2022 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC (FCA US) has agreed to a settlement that resolves a U.S. Department of Justice criminal investigation involving approximately 101,482 vehicles from model-years 2014 to 2016 equipped with second-generation EcoDiesel V-6 engines. The agreement, which is subject to U.S. federal court approval, includes a guilty plea, a fine of $96.1 million, and the forfeiture of $203.6 million in gains derived from the conduct. Consumer claims related to the subject vehicles have already been resolved, and no additional recalls are required. As described in Stellantis N.V.'s 2021 financial disclosures, approximately €266 million ($301 million) was previously accrued related to this matter, which is sufficient to cover the forfeiture and penalty imposed by the plea agreement.
 

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Stellantis Proved Inductive Charging Can Work on Highways

June 13, 2022

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Stellantis proved Inductive charging on highways is possible by having an electric Fiat 500 drive at highway speeds without using its battery.
  • This technology uses coils embedded into the road surface to charge cars while they drive
  • Stellantis conducted tests with an electric Fiat 500 and found it was able to maintain highway speeds without using its battery
  • This means EVs could theoretically have an infinite range when using conductive roads
Tests conducted in Italy by Stellantis show that Inductive charging could be used to eliminate range anxiety and charging stops on long road trips.

By using coils embedded in the pavement, inductive charging creates a magnetic field that can be picked up by a receiver installed on electric vehicles.
This energy can be used directly by the motors, which means the battery isn’t drained and drivers can then benefit from its whole range once they get off an inductive road.
This also means that the range of the electric vehicles using the specially adapted roads would be virtually infinite since their battery would never run out as long as the inductive system is operational.

Stellantis is working on this technology with a number of partners and it has recently it can work by having an electric Fiat 500 drive at highway speeds on its specially designed test track without using any of the power stored in its battery.
The automaker is confident this technology could be used on a wide scale and it claims inductive charging is almost ready to be released to the public.

Among the claims made by Stellantis about the safety and viability of the technology, it said that the magnetic field created by the road is not strong enough to affect the occupants of the vehicle and it also said that inductive roads will be free of cables and safe for pedestrians.
Implementing such a technology will be very expensive, but Stellantis and its partners engineered the system to allow the use of thin aluminum cables instead of thick copper wires, which reduces the costs and makes the supply of materials easier.

 

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Stellantis Taps Tobin J. Williams to Lead Human Resources in North America



June 17, 2022 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Stellantis North America today announced that Tobin J. Williams has joined the company as Senior Vice President for Human Resources in North America.

In this position, Williams is responsible for leading a regional team focusing on Human Resources strategy, talent and leadership development, organizational effectiveness and supporting the company’s efforts to achieve its long-term strategy as outlined in its Dare Forward 2030 plan.

Previous to his Stellantis appointment, Williams was Vice President, Human Resources for the Acute Care and Physician Group at ProMedica Healthcare Systems in Toledo, Ohio.

Before joining Promedica, Williams held various human resources leadership positions in the U.S. and abroad during a 35-year career at General Motors, including assignments in Brazil, China and India.

“Tobin deeply understands the important role our employee talent plays in our company’s success in this new era,” said Mark Stewart, chief operating officer, Stellantis North America. “He is a great addition to our team and we look forward to his continued leadership and achievements.”

Williams is active in the community and serves on the boards of many key groups, such as the United ***** College Fund, the Detroit and Southeastern Michigan Urban League, Big Brother and Big Sister Detroit and North Carolina A&T University, an Historically Black College.

Williams holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration degrees from Central Michigan University.
 

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June 20, 2022

Stellantis Invests €33 Million in Global Testing Hubs for Cutting-Edge Engineering

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  • Stellantis’ global network of tech centers and testing facilities plays a critical role in meeting Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan goals
  • Latest investments in safety and aerodynamic centers, among other R&D Capex, support Stellantis’ growth in electrification and digital revolution and accelerate move to a sustainable mobility tech company
  • Safety center in Turin, Italy, adds test tracks with computer-driven camera positioning system for electric and autonomous vehicle development and certification
  • Wind tunnel in Auburn Hills, Michigan, adds moving ground plane technology for refined aerodynamic measurements
AMSTERDAM – Stellantis engineering teams around the world are focused on creating cutting-edge vehicles that deliver clean, safe, and affordable mobility. Stellantis recently invested a total of €33 million in two of its global testing facilities to support the Company’s long-term strategy to achieve best-in-class electric vehicle (EV) performance and master the highest level of autonomous driving technology while ensuring safe and reliable technology for its customers.
These investments, among other R&D Capex, expand Stellantis’ global capability to engineer the future of mobility, accelerate its transformation into a sustainable mobility tech company and propel the Company toward the goals of the Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan, notably a 50% reduction in carbon emissions from 2021 levels by 2030 and carbon net zero emissions by 2038.
The recent enhancements include:
  • Orbassano Safety Center, near Turin, Italy, is fully integrated with digital engineering processes and significantly upgraded to host four test tracks with four impact points and capabilities for full testing of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and automated driving technology for passenger cars, trucks, and light commercial vehicles.
  • Wind Tunnel in Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S., being scaled up with the addition of moving ground plane technology, simulating on-road travel and providing more accurate aerodynamics measurement of vehicles. Reducing wind drag benefits the driving range of BEVs.
“Our world-class tech hubs across the globe are doing the work today that will make tomorrow’s Stellantis vehicles industry leaders in capability, performance and safety,” said Harald Wester, Stellantis Chief Engineering Officer. “Our engineering community is fueled by talent, diversity and global reach, and we are intensely working with the other global functions, as our Monozokuri peers, to energize the core of our technological transformation. It gives us a comprehensive view of the challenges and enables us to consider and refine a full menu of mobility solutions that will put us in the front row of the race to innovate and improve.”
Putting Electric Vehicles and Autonomous Driving to the Test
Key goals of the Stellantis Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan include reaching 100% of passenger car BEV sales mix in Europe and 50% passenger car and light-duty truck BEV sales mix in the United States by 2030.
The €5 million in upgrades for the Orbassano Safety Center give it the capability to test all types of electrified vehicles - mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles. The facility currently runs at least two crash tests a day and is on track to test more than 275 electrified vehicles this year. Vehicles tested at Orbassano can be certified to meet more than 175 international safety and technological standards.
The impact zone of the test tracks is fitted with a Messring movable block for front and side-impact tests, and Orbassano runs some of the industry’s most-challenging tests including the passenger-side small overlap test being used by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Orbassano’s test tracks include a computer-driven camera positioning system with 13 moveable outboard camera locations over the impact point. In addition, the tracks include the capability for underbody high-speed video, while up to five cameras can be mounted on board the test vehicle.
All these views, plus the instrumented data, provide Stellantis engineers with invaluable data for evaluating current and future vehicle designs. Additionally, the data is shared with Stellantis facilities around the world, including the additional safety testing centers in Belchamp, France; Chelsea, Michigan, U.S.; and Betim, Brazil, to refine digital vehicle development models.
This state-of-the-art facility is fully integrated with Stellantis’ safety digital engineering process, allowing the most efficient vehicle development and virtually covering all possible field crash scenarios.
The new tracks are ready to accommodate future test modes related to the introduction of automated driving functions on all types of vehicles.
Orbassano’s arsenal includes static and dynamic test fixtures for factors such as pedestrian impact, roof crush and rollover, and test sleds to evaluate seating and vehicle interiors. Seat and interior testing become more critical as the adoption of future automated driving technologies hold the potential for new cabin seating configurations.
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Aerodynamic efficiency is a crucial difference-maker in the drive to optimize the distances electrified vehicles can travel on a single charge. That requires simulating the real driving world as accurately as possible.
At the Stellantis wind tunnel complex in Auburn Hills, Michigan, construction is in progress to install moving ground plane technology (rolling road), which simulates on-road travel while allowing test vehicles to remain static. Stellantis is investing $29.5 million in the project.
Belts enable wheel movement at all four corners of the vehicle while a fifth belt runs beneath the vehicle as if it were rolling over a roadway. Moving ground plane technology also enables measurement of ventilation drag, which is the resistance associated exclusively with wheels and tires in motion. It accounts for up to 10 percent of total, real-world aerodynamic drag.
The existing aerodynamic test facility in Auburn Hills generates wind speeds up to 140 mph. The moving ground plane installation, part of an estimated $85 million commitment included in the Company’s 2019 contract with the United Auto Workers, is scheduled to become operational in 2024.
The added capability will complement the world-class aero-acoustic wind tunnel in Auburn Hills as part of a global network of leading-edge centers also equipped with moving ground plane technology, including two facilities in Europe.
 

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Stellantis Launches $85 Million Wind Tunnel Upgrade


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The Chrysler parent company is adding a moving ground plane to its Michigan wind tunnel.
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Automaker Stellantis is spending $85 million to upgrade its aerodynamic test facility at the company’s Auburn Hills, Michigan headquarters. This will include $29.5 million for the addition of a moving ground plane for its wind tunnel, which is crucial for accurately measuring aerodynamic forces on the cars being tested.
Battery-electric vehicles struggle with driving range because of the comparatively small amount of energy carried in their battery packs compared to that in a tank of gasoline, so efficiency is paramount in EVs to maximize the use of that energy. But when new EVs are boasting an efficiency of 95 percent for their electric drive systems (as is the case for Hyundai’s new E-GMP-based models) there is little efficiency left to be wrung from the drivetrain.



That leaves aerodynamic drag as a key area of potential gain, and automakers are addressing this with expanded wind tunnels, as we’ve seen from the new Honda Automotive Laboratories of Ohio wind tunnel. The new Stellantis moving ground plane facility joins two others within the company that are in Europe.


“Our world-class tech hubs across the globe are doing the work today that will make tomorrow’s Stellantis vehicles industry leaders in capability, performance, and safety,” said Harald Wester, Stellantis Chief Engineering Officer. “It gives us a comprehensive view of the challenges and enables us to consider and refine a full menu of mobility solutions that will put us in the front row of the race to innovate and improve.”

Construction on the installation of the moving ground plane is underway now at the Stellantis wind tunnel complex in Auburn Hills, Michigan. When it is complete, belts in the floor will enable wheel movement at all four corners of the vehicle while a wider fifth belt runs beneath the vehicle as if it were rolling over a roadway.

Significantly, moving ground plane technology permits the measurement of ventilation drag, which is the resistance associated exclusively with wheels and tires in motion. That accounts for as much as 10 percent of the total, real-world aerodynamic drag and it can’t be accounted for and minimized without such advanced wind tunnel technology.


The Stellantis tunnel runs at a maximum of 140 miles per hour, so unlike the new 192 mph Honda tunnel, it won’t get borrowed by racing engineers searching for more speed from the company’s race cars.

The update should be finished in 2024, though we’d have to guess that Stellantis is subject to the same supply chain constraints and the inclination of contractors to take off for deer season as any of the rest of us trying to get a home improvement project finished on time.

 

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Stellantis takes $52 million stake in sustainable lithium miner Vulcan Energy

Stellantis deepens a collaboration with Vulcan Energy, a startup that is seeking to extract lithium in Germany's Rhine Valley with zero emissions.

June 24, 2022




PARIS -- Stellantis has taken a $52 million equity investment in Vulcan Energy Resources, an Australian-German startup that plans to mine lithium, a key element in electric car batteries, with zero greenhouse gas emissions.

The investment gives Stellantis an 8 percent stake in Vulcan, making it the second-largest shareholder, and will be used to expand the miner's efforts in the Upper Rhine Valley in Germany, Stellantis said Friday. The two companies have also extended to 10 years a five-year agreement announced last November.

“Making this highly strategic investment in a leading lithium company will help us create a resilient and sustainable value chain for our European electric vehicle battery production,” Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said.

Stellantis, with its partners Mercedes-Benz and Total/Saft, plans to open at least three battery factories in Europe in the coming years, in France, Germany and Italy.

The automaker says it will need 150 gigawatt-hours of battery capacity to reach its 2030 goal of selling only electric vehicles in Europe.

As part of the initial five-year agreement, Vulcan said it would supply between 81,000 and 99,000 tons of battery-grade lithium hydroxide in Europe to Stellantis starting in 2026.

Vulcan is one of a number of companies testing a direct lithium extraction (DLE) method that uses less land and groundwater, making it more sustainable than the most common existing methods of open-pit mines and brine evaporation ponds.

In addition to Stellantis, Vulcan has signed supply agreements with Renault Group, battery maker LG Chem and Belgian recycling group Umicore.
 

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June 24, 2022

Stellantis Expands Relationship with Vulcan Energy Becoming Shareholder in Decarbonized Lithium Company

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  • Stellantis will become second largest shareholder in Vulcan
  • Investment will increase low-carbon production of lithium hydroxide needed for Stellantis’ European production of electric vehicles
  • Initial agreement extended to 10 years
AMSTERDAM – Stellantis N.V. and Vulcan Energy Resources Ltd. today announced Stellantis’ €50 million (A$76 million) equity investment in Vulcan and an extension of the original binding offtake agreement to 10 years. The equity investment will go towards Vulcan’s planned production expansion drilling in its producing Upper Rhine Valley Brine Field (URVBF). Vulcan is already producing geothermal energy from its URVBF and plans to produce lithium hydroxide with zero fossil fuels and net zero carbon footprint as part of the Zero Carbon Lithium™ Project.
“Making this highly strategic investment in a leading lithium company will help us create a resilient and sustainable value chain for our European electric vehicle battery production,” said Carlos Tavares, Stellantis CEO. “We continue our quest of forming strong relationships with partners who share our values as we collectively fight against global warming and provide clean, safe and affordable mobility to our customers.”
“Stellantis’ significant investment in Vulcan and the Zero Carbon Lithium™ Project represents a strong statement by one of the world’s largest automakers regarding sustainable and strategic sourcing of battery materials,” said Vulcan Managing Director Dr Francis Wedin. “We are fully aligned with Stellantis’ decarbonisation and electrification goals, which represent some of the most ambitious in the industry. It is encouraging to see a leading automaker investing in local, low carbon lithium production for electric vehicles. As our largest offtaker, we look forward to deepening our relationship with Stellantis as a substantial shareholder in Vulcan and our Zero Carbon Lithium™ business.”
As part of the Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan, Stellantis announced plans of reaching 100% of passenger car battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales mix in Europe and 50% passenger car and light-duty truck BEV sales mix in the United States by 2030. Stellantis will be the industry champion in climate change mitigation, becoming carbon net zero by 2038, with a 50% reduction by 2030.
Stellantis recently announced its North American lithium hydroxide supply agreement.
 
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