Automotive Cells Firm (ACC), a three way partnership between Stellantis, TotalEnergies/Saft and Mercedes-Benz, has chosen Italian automation specialist Comau (which is owned by Stellantis) to design and develop a battery module manufacturing line in France.
As a primary step within the multi-phase mission, the joint engineering staff will deploy a pilot line at ACC’s plant in Nersac, France, earlier than rolling out the full-scale manufacturing line on the firm’s gigafactory in Billy-Bercalu Douvrain, within the north of France.
Comau will provide ACC with the experience and gear wanted to automate manufacturing of the corporate’s next-generation EV batteries. The Comau-designed traces will be capable to deal with each 8- and 16-cell modules. Of the 5 manufacturing traces, 3 will produce each forms of modules, and a couple of shall be devoted 8-cell MEB traces.
One of many distinctive parts of the mission was the requirement to make use of a stacking power of 300-500 decanewtons to supply the 2 distinct module codecs, in comparison with the business common of round 100 decanewtons.
The brand new manufacturing traces will enable ACC to supply as much as 8 GWh price of modules per 12 months by the tip of 2024. Capability is projected to in the end ramp as much as 40 GWh per 12 months.
Comau says its prolonged European community will guaranteeing native sourcing of expertise, auxiliary gear and elements.
“The emergence of a European gear business is a key success issue for ACC, whose ambition is to be a European chief of automotive battery cells and modules.” mentioned ACC COO Jean-Baptiste Pernot. “In Europe, we can not rely completely on sourcing that may solely be Asian. We should facilitate the institution of a whole battery ecosystem, overlaying all the worth chain. On this perspective, with the ability to depend on Comau is essential for ACC.”