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According to recent reports from German media, Stellantis and Mercedes-Benz have postponed the opening of their battery factory in Kaiserslautern, Germany to 2026 due to significantly increased costs.

Previously disclosed information revealed that ACC, a battery company jointly owned by Stellantis, Mercedes-Benz, and Saft, a subsidiary of TotalEnergies, plans to establish super battery factories in Dourges (France), Kaiserslautern (Germany), and Termoli (Italy), each with a planned annual capacity of 40GWh.

ACC was established by Stellantis and Saft in 2020 with each holding a 50% stake. In 2021, Mercedes-Benz became a shareholder through acquisition.

In February of this year, ACC announced the completion of a new round of financing exceeding 4.4 billion euros, which will be invested in the development of three super factories in France, Germany, and Italy.

Currently, ACC’s factory in Dourges, France, commenced operations in December last year with an initial production capacity of over 13GWh. The Kaiserslautern factory in Germany, originally scheduled to start production in 2025, is estimated to cost around 2 billion euros. The Termoli factory in Italy is expected to commence operations in 2026.

ACC has successfully become a battery supplier to its major shareholder, Stellantis, and will supply battery technology to Mercedes-Benz starting from 2025.

The three shareholders of ACC have committed to increasing ACC’s industrial capacity to at least 120GWh by 2030 and expanding the development and production of next-generation high-performance batteries and battery modules.

Source: WeChat Official Account—电池工业网

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