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Stellantis to make HUF 45 billion e-mobility investment

Multinational automaker Stellantis is investing 45 billion forints (EUR 116.2m) in moving the "key element" of its electromobility strategy to Hungary, securing the future of the Opel plant in Szentgotthard, in western Hungary, Peter Szijjarto, the minister of foreign affairs and trade, said on Monday.

Stellantis, which designs, manufactures and sells 16 automotive brands, will begin manufacturing electric engines at the Szentghotthard plant, Szijjarto said, adding that the company is also relocating its related R+D and testing activities there.

The investment, which is being supported with a 10 billion forint government grant, will create 110 jobs, the minister said.

Stellantis has manufacturing bases in 30 countries, meaning Hungary had to beat at least that many competitors to secure the investment, Szijjarto said.

Of the soon-to-be six carmakers present in Hungary, Stellantis is the only one operating under Hungarian management, he said.

Hungary last year attracted 209 foreign investments worth a combined 13 billion euros, which will create around 20,000 jobs, Szijjarto said.

It was these investments that had helped keep Hungary on a growth path even in more difficult times, he said, identifying the auto industry, and specifically the transition to electric vehicles, as the “flagship” of the economy’s success.

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