22nd Feb 2023

Automotive Cells Company claims a single brand identity for the future

Automotive Cells Company claims a single brand identity for the future

Kaiserslautern, February 22. Automotive Cells Co., German-French joint venture for the development and production of high-performance battery cells and modules for the automotive industry, has unified its corporate name. From now on, the German branch in Kaiserslautern will no longer operate under "Opel-ACC", but under "ACC Deutschland GmbH".

"With the unification of the company name and a globally recognizable branding, ACC will succeed in establishing and consolidating its position as the leading European manufacturer of battery cells and modules" explains Yann Vincent, CEO of the Bruges near Bordeaux and Paris-based company. 

Yann Vincent - CEO of ACC

Yann Vincent, CEO of ACC

At the end of last year, large parts of the former Opel site in Kaiserslautern were taken over by ACC. Preparations for the construction of the first of three planned production halls have been underway since December 2022, and the first battery cells will be produced by the end of 2025. 

The new factory is deliberately built on a part of the Opel/Stellantis site so that no new space is required. This so-called "brownfield approach" is an essential aspect of ACC's environmentally friendly concept. 

The production of cells and modules for more sustainable mobility is scheduled to start at the end of 2025, when the first block of the Gigafactory is built . After completion of the three production blocks at the end of 2030, ACC's Kaiserslautern Gigafactory will reach full capacity, produce cells and modules for up to 600,000 electric vehicles per year and employ around 2,000 people.

About ACC
ACC was founded in 2020 as a joint venture for the development and production of battery cells and modules for electric vehicles by the groups Stellantis and TotalEnergies – together with their subsidiary Saft.  In 2022, Mercedes-Benz joined as a third partner.   ACC operates a research and development center  in France near Bordeaux, as well as a state-of-the-art pilot and testfacility in Nersac near Angouleme.  A firstn production site, a so-called  "Gigafactory" is currently being built  in Billy-Berclau Douvrin, in northern France. The new  Applied Engineering Center and a second lithium-ion gigafactory in  Kaiserslautern are already in preparation, the first production block  of which will be completed  in 2025. In the Italian city  of Termoli (subject to further confirmation) the  third of the three planned Gigafactories will  be built. In total, ACC will invest around 7 billion euros in the development and production of state-of-the-art battery technology for the environmentally friendly mobility of the future – a technology that is strongly supported by France, Germany and the European Union.
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