Stellantis, France’s CEA Collaborate On Advanced Battery Tech


The advanced battery cell program aims to enhance performance, extend lifespan, and reduce environmental impact while maintaining competitive pricing. This could make battery electric vehicles more affordable and sustainable in the future.

Stellantis and CEA, recognized as one of the world’s leading research institutions and a catalyst for innovation in the French industry, have launched a new five-year partnership focused on the in-house development of battery cells for electric vehicles. Stellantis is progressing towards its goal of achieving carbon net-zero status by 2038.

This collaborative research initiative is dedicated to designing advanced technology battery cells that boast improved performance, enhanced longevity, and reduced carbon emissions, all at competitive prices. This endeavour is expected to make battery electric vehicles more accessible and eco-friendly in the future.

Ned Curic, Stellantis’ Chief Engineering and Technology Officer, discussed the company’s new initiative, highlighting their awareness that battery technology is nearing a significant transformation. While the details of this change remain uncertain, he emphasized the company’s dedication to leading this evolution. He noted that their internal teams are actively investigating various technologies and making multiple strategic investments. At the same time, Stellantis is actively establishing robust partnerships with tech startups, academic institutions, and leading research organizations like CEA to lead in the development of innovative battery cell technology. He stressed that this collaboration is vital for accelerating the introduction of new solutions, which supports their goal of providing clean, safe, and affordable mobility solutions to their customers.

CEA’s Energy Division is at the forefront of delivering pioneering solutions for decarbonization. As a Research and Technological Organization (RTO), CEA’s primary objective is to drive industrial innovation and technological advancements, thereby enhancing market differentiation and competitive edge for its partners.

Philippe Stohr, Head of CEA’s Energy Division, shared his enthusiasm about assisting Stellantis in their ambitious, multi-year research and development program focused on battery cells. He highlighted that the partnership draws on over 25 years of CEA’s experience in Li-ion battery technology to benefit a major competitor in the global electric mobility race. Stohr emphasized their objective to speed up the design and manufacturing processes and enhance the understanding of cutting-edge cell technologies through the exchange of knowledge, skills, and vision.

The aim of the joint battery cell program is to provide Stellantis and its joint venture gigafactories with more affordable, next-generation EV batteries that incorporate state-of-the-art technologies.

The battery cell design program strengthens a 20-year dynamic collaboration with CEA. This partnership extends into other research areas, such as novel battery chemistries, CO2 footprint analysis, battery modelling, fuel cell development, life cycle assessment, and connectivity solutions.


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