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Thursday, 07 October 2021 20:49

Stellantis to Invest $229 Million in Indiana Plants to Accelerate Electrification Plans

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...a number of common parts within the different versions---transmission gear train/clutch, mechatronics, mechanical pump and E-pump motor. It also will have the flexibility for unique parts to adapt to the various electrification options. These parts include the eMotor, torque converter and power electronics. 

 

Adding electrified transmission assembly also diversifies the product portfolio of the Kokomo operations. In March 2020, Stellantis announced it would invest $400 million to convert Indiana Transmission Plant II to the Kokomo Engine Plant to produce the GMET4 engine, the company's 2.0-liter Global Medium Engine inline four-cylinder turbo. Production is expected to launch later this year.

 

This investment also leverages the core manufacturing competencies of the Kokomo operations and the local workforce in the areas of casting, machining and assembly, all of which will be needed as the market transitions to an electrified future.

 

"As our industry continues to change, our focus must continue to be on our most valuable asset---our people," said Clark. "This transmission program will bring new opportunities for our current workforce, as well as the manufacturing workforce of the future."

 

The second-generation eight-speed transmission has been a workhorse of the company's powertrains since production began in 2012. KTP celebrated the 5 millionth eight-speed transmission built on Sept. 30. It is the current transmission option on the Jeep Wrangler, Gladiator and Grand Cherokee; Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer; Ram 1500; Dodge Charger, Challenger, Durango; and Chrysler 300 models.

 

Source: Stellantis

 

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