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21/04/2024
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ACC Secures $4.7 Billion Funding for Cutting-Edge Lithium-Ion Battery Plants in Europe

Automotive Cells Company has closed $4.7 billion to help fund the construction of three lithium-ion battery gigafactories in France, Germany, and Italy.

The debt package is supported by the company’s three shareholders, Stellantis, Mercedes-Benz, and Saft, a subsidiary of TotalEnergies. Stellantis and Mercedes-Benz, which own a 45% and 30% stake in Automotive Cells Company (ACC), respectively, have agreed to modify the company’s capital shareholding plan and participate in a capital increase. Meanwhile, Saft aims to remain a long-term shareholder and provide technological expertise to the company.

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ACC said the funding will strengthen its position as a key player in Europe’s electric vehicle battery industry. ACC began battery production for Stellantis in France at its Billy-Berclau Douvrin Gigafactory at the end of 2023, and funding will allow for construction of a second production line at the site in France, a first production line of construction in Germany, and two new production lines in Italy.

“The transition to the electrification of vehicles is still on the way,” said ACC CEO Yann Vincent. “To meet this immense challenge, our customers must be able to rely on robust and reliable European players like ACC, capable of delivering high volumes of competitive batteries with a low CO2 footprint. With this world-class financial community supporting us, we see clear evidence of the confidence that is placed in the ACC project.”

 

Source: Environment Energy Leader

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