Stellantis Invests 130 Million euros to Expand Production at Eisenach Plant for New Opel BEV.
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Stellantis Invests 130 Million euros to Expand Production at Eisenach Plant for New Opel BEV.

The all-new Opel Grandland BEV to be built on STLA medium platform, supporting Opel's fully electric lineup by 2028 in Europe.

Stellantis, the multinational automotive company, has announced that it will invest over €130 million in the Eisenach Assembly Plant in Germany. The plant, which currently produces the Opel Grandland compact SUV, will now add production of a new BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) successor vehicle. The new vehicle will be built on the all-new STLA Medium platform and is scheduled to begin production in the second half of 2024.

This investment in the Eisenach plant marks a significant step in Opel’s commitment to a fully electric product lineup by 2028 in Europe. The Opel Grandland, which is currently produced at the Eisenach plant, includes plug-in hybrid variants. The addition of a BEV to Eisenach’s output will support Opel’s efforts to increase its electric offerings.

The STLA platform is a new, flexible platform designed to underpin a wide range of electric vehicles across different segments and brands within the Stellantis group. The platform is expected to provide greater efficiency and cost savings through its modular design.

The investment in Eisenach is part of Stellantis’ broader strategy to accelerate its electrification efforts. The company has set a target of having electrified vehicles account for more than 70% of its sales in Europe by 2030.

Stellantis is investing more than €30 billion through 2025 in electrification and software to deliver BEVs that meet customer demands.

The Eisenach-produced Opel Grandland has established itself as a notable contender in the compact SUV market. Combining sporty and elegant design with intuitive operation and innovative technologies, the Grandland has captured the attention of customers. Its fully digital Pure Panel provides a unique cockpit experience, while advanced technologies and assistance systems typically reserved for higher vehicle classes have been integrated into the Grandland’s design.

The adaptive IntelliLux LED Pixel light, featuring a total of 168 LED elements, and the Night Vision system, which can detect pedestrians and animals up to 100 meters away in the dark and actively warns the driver, are two such examples. Additionally, the Opel Vizor, the brand’s new face, is proudly worn by the Grandland SUV. Customers can choose from the highly efficient combustion engine and plug-in hybrid models, with the top-tier offering being the sporty Opel Grandland GSe equipped with electric all-wheel drive.

Eisenach, our most compact plant in Germany, has demonstrated a strong drive in quality improvements,” said Arnaud Deboeuf, Stellantis Chief Manufacturing Officer. “With this allocation of Stellantis’ new fully BEV platform, STLA Medium, Eisenach plant’s highly skilled workforce will continue to improve the cost and the quality of the vehicles they produce to delight our customers.

We have been building top-quality vehicles here in Thuringia for 31 years and improved our competitiveness continuously. We will stay on this clear path with the electric successor to the Opel Grandland,” said Florian Huettl, Opel CEO. “This decision is another important step for Opel on the way to the declared goal of being a purely electric brand in Europe by 2028.”

Also Read: Ford unveils new electric crossover, the Explorer EV, exclusively for the European market.

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