Automotive group Stellantis is evaluating its manufacturing plant in Gurun, Kedah for its potential to turn into a regional manufacturing hub for battery-electric autos (BEVs) destined for home and export markets within the ASEAN area, it has introduced.
Stellantis took full possession of Naza Automotive Manufacturing (NAM) and its Gurun plant in November 2021, which at present produces the Peugeot 2008, 3008 and 5008 SUVs that are offered in Malaysia in addition to exported to the Philippines, Thailand and Cambodia.
In accordance with its assertion, Stellantis is “aiming to deliver the STLA Medium platform to the ASEAN area” which is able to allow the group to fabricate multi-energy autos (combustion, mild-hybrids and BEVs) within the ASEAN area for the ASEAN market, which can lead to native sourcing alternatives for native suppliers and producers of over RM5 billion over the subsequent 4 years, it mentioned.
Stellantis’ funding within the ASEAN marketplace for electrification “might embody development on account of a neighborhood electrification ecosystem, together with the native meeting of battery packs and associated new job alternatives,” and thus open up new alternatives past car manufacturing, it mentioned.
The STLA Medium is one in every of three unibody BEV platforms on the group’s structure that’s supposed for compact autos with battery packs of between 87 and 104 kWh in capability for as much as 700 km of vary. Exterior the unibody platforms, there may be the STLA Body for body-on-frame builds for big pick-up vehicles and industrial autos.
Past Stellantis’ consideration of the Gurun, Kedah plant as a regional hub for EV manufacture, the automotive group has partnered with the Indonesian authorities and different Indonesian stakeholders as a part of the automaker’s localisation and upstream battery supplies funding plan.
By means of an settlement with its Indonesian companion, Indomobil Group, Stellantis will start native meeting of Citroën autos in Indonesia from 2024, the automaker group mentioned in its assertion.
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