Stellantide and LG Energy Solution will build their new electric vehicle battery plant in Ontario, Canada, according to a person familiar with the matter at Bloomberg.
Automotive News Canada has since learned from people familiar with the announcement that the two companies have chosen Windsor-Essex County as their plant headquarters.
Stellantis assembles the Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Chrysler Grand Caravan and Chrysler Voyager at its assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario.
An official announcement will likely take place on March 23, several people said.
Stephen MacKenzie, CEO of Invest WindsorEssex, confirmed in late February 2021 that the region was in pursuit of an unnamed battery manufacturer. He said later Automotive News Canada in May 2021, the company had requested a media blackout. On Friday, Mackenzie again declined to comment.
Officials from Stellantis Canada and Unifor Local 444, which represents workers at the Windsor assembly plant, were not immediately available for comment.
The Canadian government’s incentives for clean energy companies have helped attract companies, the person said, asking not to be identified because the decision is not public.
Stellantis and LG Energy announced plans in October for a battery cell manufacturing plant in North America, as Stellantis, whose brands include Jeep and Ram, expands its electric vehicle lineup in a bid to boost US electric vehicle sales to 40% of deliveries by the end of the decade. The couple said construction of the plant is expected to begin in the next quarter, with production expected to start in early 2024.
A spokesperson for LG Energy said there was no information to share yet. Representatives of Stellantis and the Canadian Embassy in Seoul did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
When asked to comment, Vic Fedeli, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, said he “is confident the province will set up at least one manufacturing plant of batteries for electric vehicles before the June elections”.
The next provincial election in Ontario is expected to take place no later than June 2, 2022.