Electrification Funding to spark opportunities for University of Windsor
The announcement earlier this week that Stellantis will invest $3.6 billion in its Canadian operations to accelerate the move to electric vehicles is good news for UWindsor researchers, says dean of engineering Bill Van Heyst.
The funding secures the future of assembly plants in Windsor and Brampton in support of the company’s electrification strategy. The plans include expansion of UWindsor’s Automotive Research and Development Centre to house the first Stellantis battery lab in North America.
The facility links industry and academic researchers and was the site of the May 2 announcement event, attended by Stellantis North America chief operating officer Mark Stewart, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario premier Doug Ford, senior ministers from both governments, and other officials and community leaders.
“These investments reaffirm our long-term commitment to Canada and represent an important step as we move toward zero-emission vehicles that deliver on our customers’ desire for innovative, clean, safe and affordable mobility,” said Stewart.
Dr. Van Heyst noted that Stellantis has been a long-term partner of the University of Windsor and, in particular, the Faculty of Engineering.
“As an academic institution, we will be training the next generation of automotive engineers with a focus on electrification and, given the recent announcement, our graduates will now be able to find meaningful employment within the Windsor-Essex region,” he said.
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