Stellantis said the retooling of its Windsor Assembly Plant, which currently builds the Chrysler brand minivans, will “diversify the company’s capacity by introducing battery-electric or hybrid models to the production line to meet growing consumer demand for low-emissions vehicles,” the automaker said.
It didn’t say which new products will eventually be assembled in Windsor.
“We are in the middle of the biggest revolution in the auto industry since the conception of the assembly line in 1913,” Unifor Local 444 President Dave Cassidy, who represents unionized workers in Windsor, said in a statement. “Ontario is well placed to play an essential role in the new motoring revolution.”
A similar upgrade will take place at the automaker’s Brampton Assembly Plant, which current builds the Chrysler 300 sedan and Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger.
At that factory, Stellantis said it will install a flexible assembly line capable of producing battery-electric and hybrid vehicles. The modernized plant will have an initial annual capacity of 200,000 vehicle units, the company said.
Prabmeet Sarkaria, Conservative member of provincial parliament for Brampton South, said in a statement that “today’s investments continue to build tomorrow’s innovations.”