‘We’re going all in’: how France raced ahead of UK on electric car batteries | Automotive industry

Forty miles from the coast of Britain, where the government was again told this week that without urgent action it risks losing the electric vehicle race, “Battery Valley” is taking shape in northern France.

Emmanuel Macron’s announcement last week that the Taiwanese battery maker ProLogium had chosen Dunkirk for its first foreign facility brings to four the number of gigafactories planned in a corridor stretching about 60 miles inland from the port.

“We’re going all in on this,” said Xavier Bertrand, the head of the Hauts-de-France region, once home to many of France’s coalmines and much of its steel industry, which has spent more than €200m (£174m) – on top of huge state subsidies – ensuring the investments came its way rather than to rival sites in Poland, the Netherlands and Germany.

“We’re in advanced talks with other major players in the sector, too – graphite processing, recycling,” Bertrand told AFP. “The aim is to have the whole chain here; it’s a strategic choice. This is a decade of transformation and we absolutely need to be in the vanguard.”

Gigafactories in France map

Battery Valley has the enthusiastic support of the French president, who this week unveiled a raft of green measures and tax credits – including electric vehicle (EV) subsidies – aimed at attracting billions of euros in new investment to “reindustrialise” France, create jobs and increase manufacturing from 10% of the country’s economic output to 15%.

“There’s obviously a deep-rooted tradition in France of using a combination of hard money and soft support for industry in this way – far more so, generally speaking, than there is in Britain,” said a UK-based expert on the European automotive industry, who asked not to be named.

“It’s just particularly apparent at times like these,” said the insider. “France is developing a proper, thought-through industrial policy for the green transition. If it all plays out as planned, its EV battery cluster in northern France should be one of Europe’s biggest.”

By 2030, the European Commission estimates, between 33m and 40m electric cars will be on the EU’s roads. Five years later, the bloc will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles. In France, sales of EVs already account for 15% of the market.

A Renault 5 prototype electric compact concept car.
A Renault 5 prototype electric compact concept car. Sales of electric vehicles account for 15% of the French market. Photograph: Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty images

The country’s carmakers, Renault and Stellantis – which owns Peugeot and Citroën, as well as Vauxhall (known on the continent as Opel) and Fiat – have promised to build at least 2m EVs in France before 2030, and they will all need batteries.

ProLogium’s plant, the largest of the four northern gigafactories announced to date, represents an investment of €5.2bn. By 2030, a planned workforce of 3,000 should be producing about 48 gigawatt hours (GWh) of batteries on its 180-hectare brownfield site in Dunkirk, enough to power between 500,000 and 750,000 cars a year.

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Hyundai Mobis to Hold Tech Demonstrate in France with Breakthrough Automotive Systems

  • Exhibiting the most up-to-date improvements and keeping actual-car or truck demonstrations for European automakers, on June 14-15 in France.
  • Introducing 27 new technologies and presenting Next-Technology Braking and Steering technology on a motor racing track.
  • Orders from Europe have doubled every single 12 months for the very last three a long time, Mobis to diversify its purchase portfolio with AR HUDs, Grille Lighting, and RWS.
  • Start of Tech-Promoting Strategies

SEOUL, South Korea and PARIS, June 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Hyundai Mobis (KRX: 012330) is quickly establishing its existence in the European Marketplace, with ingenious technologies for autonomous driving, infotainment, and electrification.

Hyundai Mobis will maintain a Tech Exhibit for two times on June 14 and 15 to present its latest improvements to its clients. In addition to introducing new products, MOBIS also will current vital technologies on demonstrator motor vehicles.

This Tech Clearly show will be held at the JP Beltoise Circuit, a racing monitor, which consists of large-speed tracks, round tracks, and straight tracks.

Amongst the 27 brand name new systems Hyundai Mobis will unveil are: AR Head Up Displays (HUDs), Grille Lighting, Swivel Displays, In-Cabin Sensing, In-Wheel Techniques, and Rear Wheel Steering methods (RWS). The show will go over all important systems in the industry of Autonomous Driving, Electrification, and In-Automobile Infotainment (IVI). These technologies, designed to meet up with rigid European necessities in terms of top quality and sustainability will be embedded on electric automobiles and 48v mild hybrid automobiles.

In accordance to Axel Maschka, Head of World OE Revenue, Government Vice President at Hyundai Mobis, “Hyundai Mobis will raise the amount of new orders for our hottest solutions to fulfill the requirements of European Clients and mount varied Tech Internet marketing strategies.”

In buy to even further raise touchpoints with customers around the world, Hyundai Mobis participated to the IAA (International motor show in Germany) in September 2021 and to the CES in Las Vegas in January this calendar year. Hyundai Mobis also set up new essential account administration (KAM) companies in North The us, Europe and Japan and expanded its R&D community of engineering professionals from various automotive fields to best address regional customers’ demands and expectations.

About Hyundai MOBIS

Hyundai Mobis is the world-wide no.7 world wide automotive supplier, headquartered in Seoul, Korea. Hyundai Mobis has superb know-how in sensors, sensor fusion in ECUs and program advancement for basic safety handle. The firm’s products and solutions also contain numerous parts for electrification, brakes, chassis and suspension, steering, airbags, lighting and automotive electronics. Hyundai Mobis operates R&D headquarter in Korea, with 4 technology centers in Germany, China, India and the United States.

For additional data, make sure you visit the site at https://www.mobis.co.kr/kr/index.do

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