France’s Verkor selects Dunkirk for first gigafactory

Verkor's planned gigafactory

France’s Verkor selects Dunkirk for first gigafactory

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February 17, 2022: French lithium-ion battery cells developer, Verkor, said on February 1 it had chosen the port city of Dunkirk to build its first electric vehicle battery cells gigafactory.

Verkor, which is backed by companies including the Renault Group, said construction of the plant, in northern France, is scheduled to start next year.

The first delivery of “low-carbon high performance batteries” made in Dunkirk is scheduled for July 2025.

Manufacturing capacity at the new plant is expected to expand from 16 GWh in 2025 to 50 GWh by 2030.

Dunkirk was “the most promising site” out of 40 considered in France, Spain and Italy, Verkor said.

The site will span more than 150 hectares and, when operational, will supply companies including Renault.

Verkor said its R&D activities will continue to be based in Grenoble, in south-eastern France, where construction has already started on the Verkor Innovation Centre.

Dunkirk is now also home to what French battery manufacturer Saft has said is the country’s largest energy storage facility.

The commissioning of the 61 MW / 61 MWh facility, for which Saft designed and assembled 27 containers of 2.5 MWh Li-ion batteries, was announced on December 21, 2021.