What Goes On Behind The Scenes Of An EV Factory?

Tue 30th Aug 2022

One of Europe’s biggest car makers has given a revealing glimpse of life on the production line for those employed to build the company’s latest range of EVs.

In 2022, over 70% of Peugeot vehicles sold worldwide will be electrified. In Europe, one out of every four passenger cars (one out of every six in 2021) will be electrified.

Peugeot plans to offer an electrified version of every one of its models by 2025, requiring a substantial boost in battery production. The Spanish car brand believes that it will manufacture as many as 10,000 batteries per month for its car range next year, as well as 7,000 for its advanced LCV range.

The 50kWh battery units are assembled by skilled technicians (pre-assembled cells and components). The 75kWh units require 90 minutes of work. The team runs a series of critical tests on each battery. As a result, each battery is guaranteed for 8 years or 160,000 kilometres with a 70% charge capacity for a period of 8 years.

The entire testing process takes 15 minutes and is mandatory for signing off the batteries for the assembly.

The Stellantis Group has five dedicated battery assembly workshops in Vigo & Saragossa (Spain), Trnava (Slovakia), Sochaux & Mulhouse (France), and Hordain (France). Electric and conventional combustion engine vehicles are put together on the same line. Skilled operators do the job.

Stellantis’ factories supply specialists who test and put together Peugeotautomobiles’ batteries. The employees are chosen for their electrification knowledge and receive one month of specialized instruction as a result of the energy transition and the growing number of electrified models. PEUGEOT and the wider Stellantis Group are increasing the number of technicians who are able to assemble and work on electrified vehicles as a result of the energy transition and the growing number of electrified models.

”The electrification of the PEUGEOT range is a success: LEV (Low Emission Vehicles) models represent 1 out of 4 Passenger Car sales in Europe in the first half of 2022,” said Jerome Micheron, Peugeot’s product director. “Peugeot provides a wide range of electrified vehicles with the full-electric e-208 and e-2008. The New 408, the New 308 (hatch and SW) as the 3008 and 508 (sedan and SW) come with plug-In hybrid engines.”