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Stellantis Vigo needs to invest 600 million to manufacture electric cars

Stellantis Vigo needs to make an investment of between 500 and 600 million euros to manufacture electric cars from 2025. Until then, he has a guaranteed workload with the vehicles he currently assembles, but he wants to guarantee the future of the Galician automotive industry and its almost 24,000 workers in the long term, and public aid is more than necessary. “We are in negotiations with the Ministry of Industry to dispose of these funds (the Next Generation) or others.” “We ask that the Perte be made more flexible to be able to enter because we have transformation needs beyond that date,” the director of the Balaídos plant, Ignacio Bueno, said yesterday about capital goods and the development of the facilities and the product. required by the project for an industrial platform for electric vehicles that Vigo longs for.

The president of the Xunta, Alfonso Rueda, showed the Galician Government’s financial commitment to the Balaídos factory and showed his confidence that the central Executive “corrects the mistake of leaving Vigo out of the Perte of the electric and connected vehicle”. “There is a lot at stake, it is a vital project for the Galician economy. We believe that the conditions are met and so we transmit it to the Government so that it arbitrates a formula “. Rueda recalled that the central Executive “reserved all the capacities on industrial projects” and defended the need for the autonomous communities to have powers “to streamline processes.”

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If Stellantis still hopes to be able to enter the Perte -strategic project for the recovery and economic transformation- of the electric and connected car, where it has little hope is in the high voltage substation for the Vigo factory. “There is no agreement there, we still have not received a response,” said the director of the plant about the claim that the factory continues to make to the Government so that the Balaídos center can have a connection to the very high voltage network, “beneficial for the company and for the entire city”, defended Bueno.

The Balaídos factory aspires to have an industrial platform to manufacture electric cars.
The Balaídos factory aspires to have an industrial platform to manufacture electric cars.

The plant does not plan to manufacture on weekends until 2023

The Vigo car factory does not plan to recover the weekend shift that employs 1,400 people (700 on each production line) until at least 2023. “Sadly we can’t do it, it would be a responsibility to go back now and have to dismantle it like we had to do. It will not be until we are certain that there is stability in the supply of components,” said the director of the plant, Ignacio Bueno, regarding the microchip crisis. The boss confirmed that the situation has improved, but that the supply problems of semiconductors “They are going to last until next year, although we hope that the impact will be less than in the months of April and May.”

Fiat premiere in Vigo

Ignacio Bueno advanced that the new Fiat Doblò van will begin to be produced in Vigo “from the beginning of July”. On June 30, the manufacture of the Grand C4 Spacetourer minivan will end that the Vigo plant has been assembling for almost a decade and Fiat will be the sixth brand for the factory along with Citroën, Peugeot, Opel, Vauxhall (Opel in the United Kingdom) and Toyota.

The average age of cars in Galicia is already 14 years old

The Galician car fleet is the second oldest in all of Spain with an average age of the cars in circulation of 13.9 years, only surpassed by the 14.1 of Castilla y León. This was announced yesterday by the dealer association, Faconauto, which confirmed the negative trend that the sector has been dragging in recent years in Galicia, worsening the statistics by 0.2 years compared to 2020. In the country as a whole, the average age of vehicles increased by more than five points in the last decade, going from 9.2 years in 2010 to 13.6 in 2021. “Implementing decarbonisation plans for the car park is totally necessary to speed up the recovery of the sector and the real expansion of the electric car”, indicated the president of Faconauto, Gerardo Pérez, at the general assembly of the federation.

Dealerships expect to reach 830,000 vehicle sales this year, a figure that, if confirmed, “would chronicle the weakness of the sector”, heavily impacted by the economic crisis, microchips and rising fuel prices.