ACC chooses Comau technology for its battery factory in France

Having an adequate supply of batteries is very important for car manufacturers’ electrification plans. As we know, is from this point of view Stellantis invests massively through the Automotive Cells Company (ACC) joint venture. created with TotalEnergies/Saft, which Mercedes also joined last year.

Only the ACC joint venture took over an important agreement with Comaua Piedmontese company, from the Stellantis group, which will design and develop a production line of highly integrated battery modules for the future ACC gigafactory of Billy-Bercalu Douvrain in the north of France.

The battery factory in France will have one Annual capacity of 40 GWh. According to the announcement, Comau will provide the necessary equipment to automate the production of batteries for electric vehicles. The lines designed by the Piedmontese company can manage modules of 8 and 16 cells and will produce up to 8 GWh per year by the end of 2024.

In addition, the all-in-one solution leverages Comau’s extensive European network, ensuring local supply of technology, equipment and ancillary components for the 5 production lines, 3 of which produce both models, while 2 are module-specific SEM lines.

The project also builds on the company’s more than 45 years of experience in automation and digitization technologies. Comau therefore provided ACC with everything needed to automate the entire production process, which includes prismatic cell preparation and testing, stacking, welding and final assembly through to end-of-line testing.

As part of the first stage of the multi-phase project, the joint engineering team will implement and optimize the pilot line at ACC’s plant in Nersac, France, prior to the start of the production line in large scale at the company’s Gigafactory in Billy-Bercalu Douvrain.

As mentioned Jean-Baptiste Pernot, ACC COO, one cannot rely solely on Asian sources in Europe. To do this, it is necessary to facilitate the creation of a complete battery ecosystem, covering the entire value chain, including the supply of equipment for production lines.

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