French and German ministers speaking at Saft company
3 February 2020

"Airbus-style consortium" for batteries: ambitious European plans are up and running

The plans for a Franco-German pilot facility for manufacturing electric vehicle (EV) batteries were set in motion on 30 January 2020 at the Saft plant in Nersac (Charente) during President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron's visit, in the company of German Federal Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek, and Minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire. These plans exemplify the drive to accelerate the transition towards a low-carbon economy and support the French manufacturing sector's reform.
These plans are aimed at giving rise to a European EV battery sector, to guarantee:
  • sovereignty: the battery accounts for 30 to 40% of a vehicle's value: we need to phase out our reliance on foreign supplies;
  • carbon neutrality, with the massive roll-out of electric mobility;
  • employment: thousands of high-skilled jobs are projected, with 200 jobs in Nersac, 2,000 in Douvrin (Pas-de-Calais) and as many again in Germany.
These plans are the successful culmination of industrial partners' efforts and the Government's ambitious strategy to truly revive France's industry, with very tangible results: in 2018 France welcomed more than 339 direct industrial investments from abroad – a five-year high; 70 new plants opened in 2019 and there were 45 extensions; 28,000 net jobs have been created since 2017 across industry, and there are 50,000 immediate vacancies.

European Commission approves European battery project, coordinated by France

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