Chinese to build battery plant in France, create 1,000 jobs

  • An electric car battery plant that China’s Envision AESC is planning to set up in northern France is expected to create at least 1,000 jobs amid a looming threat of job cuts
  • Citing sources, Reuters reported that Envision has invested some two billion euros in the Douai factory, which is expected to manufacture batteries for Renault’s future electric vehicle fleet, including the Renault 5
  • Renault, which has merged its Douai, Ruitz, and Maubeuge plants in northern France into an electric car hub known as the ‘Renault ElectriCity’, is planning to churn out 400,000 vehicles per year at the hub by 2025

PARIS, France: An electric car battery plant that China’s Envision AESC is planning to set up in northern France is expected to create at least 1,000 jobs amid a looming threat of job cuts as the auto industry shifts away from diesel engines.

Confirming Envision’s investment in the French factory, Xavier Bertrand from the opposition Les Republicains party, who is seeking re-election as head of the Hauts-de-France region, said the plant could create as many as 2,500 jobs in the long term.

Citing sources, Reuters reported that Envision has invested some two billion euros in the Douai factory, which is expected to manufacture batteries for Renault’s future electric vehicle fleet, including the Renault 5.

Renault, which has merged its Douai, Ruitz, and Maubeuge plants in northern France into an electric car hub known as the ‘Renault ElectriCity’, is planning to churn out 400,000 vehicles per year at the hub by 2025.

Further, President Emmanuel Macron is expected to provide details on Envision’s investment and the jobs it will create next week, Reuters reported.

Envision’s investment has come at a time when carmakers across the globe are racing to produce cleaner vehicles – a technology shift that is expected to trigger job cuts or push companies to retrain workers and find new ways to add jobs.

Last year, Renault announced it was planning to shed 4,600 jobs in France to cut costs.

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