Production of the next generation of electrified transmissions (e-DCT) is to be increased with the addition to the agreement of a factory in Mirafiori, Italy, complementing the site already operating in Metz, France.
e-DCT will be available for Stellantis’s mild hybrid electric (MHEV) and plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) vehicles and carmakers globally.
The new facility is expected to start production in the second half of 2024.
This development will meet all customer demands through electrified models (both plug-in hybrid and full electric) and provide permanent freedom of mobility.
Sint-Truiden, September 22nd, 2022: To meet the growing demand for electrified vehicles and the ambitious targets presented in the Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan, Stellantis and Punch Powertrain have signed an agreement to reinforce their existing joint venture. The scope of their strategic partnership in the field of electrification will be broadened by contributing an additional site in Mirafiori, Italy, to the existing collaboration.
The 50/50 joint venture between Stellantis and Punch Powertrain, called ‘Punch Powertrain PSA e-Transmissions Assembly’, manufactures and supplies breakthrough electrified dual clutch transmission (eDCT/DT2) for Stellantis’ next generation of mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, helping Stellantis further electrify its brand portfolio with clean, safe and affordable solutions.
“Our commitment is to create a new global value chain with trusted partners to support our energy transition and our Dare Forward 2030 targets,” said Carlos Tavares, Stellantis CEO. “Extending our existing collaboration in France with Punch Powertrain to produce electrified dual-clutch transmissions in Italy as part of the e-Transmissions Assembly team is another step forward to helping us achieve our aggressive decarbonization plans across our portfolio.”
In recent years, Punch Powertrain has been undertaking a major transformation from the development and production of conventional transmissions toward electrified and fully electric drives, anticipating the acceleration of electrification in the passenger car industry. To this end, the company is continuing with its long-term investment program aimed at enriching capabilities and building state-of-the-art development and manufacturing assets.
“We are delighted to be extending our partnership with global automotive leader Stellantis, demonstrating continued commitment to our teams’ innovative power and recognition of our position of industrial leadership as a hybrid transmission supplier,” stated Jorge Solis, Chief Executive Officer of Punch Powertrain. “We are proud to support Stellantis in reaching their ambitious electrification objectives, while broadening the reach of our innovative technology toward southern Europe and serving customers in their local market. Through this collaboration we are humbled and excited to see our DT2 technology become the leading hybrid dual clutch transmission technology across the world in the coming years/by 2025.”
In addition to the facility already operating in Metz, France – which started production in late 2022 – the site in Mirafiori (Turin, Italy) has been identified in the southern Europe environment in order to support Stellantis’ aggressive electrification roadmap, optimizing all geographic and logistical needs. The new e-Transmissions Assembly site is expected to start production in the second half of 2024.
“We are excited about expanding our operations in Europe,” said Michel Becker, CEO of Punch Powertrain PSA e-transmissions Assembly. “After months of preparations in the first assembly location in Metz, this is very encouraging recognition of the exemplary work of our teams. We are looking forward to our company and all its team members realizing their passion for sustainability and increasing the production of our market leading hybrid technology!”
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About Punch Powertrain
Punch Powertrain nv is an independent global automotive supplier of innovative and energy efficient powertrains. The company builds on more than 45 years of excellence in the development and production of world-class transmission technologies, offering continuously variable transmissions (CVTs), dual clutch transmissions (DCTs), as well as hybrid and electric drivetrains for car makers worldwide. Punch Powertrain is headquartered in Sint-Truiden, Belgium, and has more than 2,000 employees. The company operates five R&D centers and three manufacturing facilities in Europe and China. For more information visit www.punchpowertrain.com