Carmaker Stellantis: talks continue with Italian government over new factory

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PARIS, July 2 (Reuters) – Carmaker Stellantis (STLA.MI) said on Friday that talks were continuing with the Italian government over the possible construction of a new battery plant, or gigafactory, in Italy.

Stellantis, which already has two battery factory projects in France and Germany, has said that adding gigafactories in Europe and the United States would be decided this year.

The company is holding talks on this with Rome, as Italy is one of its main production hubs in Europe.

Stellantis also expects to announce later this month more stringent targets regarding its CO2 emissions in Europe, said Stellantis’ CEO Carlos Tavares on Friday.

Since Stellantis was formed this year through the merger of Fiat Chrysler and France’s PSA, production in Italy has been under scrutiny for costing more than elsewhere in Europe, while Stellantis – like many in its sector – is also working on more environmentally-friendly vehicles.

Last month, Stellantis’ peer Renault (RENA.PA) unveiled a more ambitious strategy for electric vehicles (EVs), betting on new, affordable versions of its iconic small cars of the past to catch up with Volkswagen (VOWG.DE) in the fast-growing sector. read more

Reporting by Gilles Guillaume; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta