Although there is no definitive plan that gives continuity to the three Nissan factories Barcelona, the Catalan company QEV Technologies it will be one of the main players in offering a future to the project.
And it will be through an electromobility ecosystem whose lines they want to define this January, to start production in 2022.
“A new industry”
QEV Technologies -and B-Tech, who lead the alliance of startups and SMEs- aims to maintain 100% of the workforce of the three plants: Zona Franca, Montcada i Reixac and Sant Andreu de la Barca. This represents around 1,500 employees
The workforce will be in charge of manufacturing new vehicles, such as the electric sports cars from the well-known Hispano Suiza, and the Ebro brand will also be relaunched, giving a second life to the Nissan Navara.
In addition, the manufacture of vehicles for urban delivery (last mile) and microcars is contemplated, as well as a battery homologation center or the start-up of the manufacture of hydrogen fuel cells.
“Our objective is to launch a new industry that places Spain on the electric mobility map and that generates new value and opportunities, also for young people,” said Joan Orús, CEO of QEV Technologies.
After the departure of China’s Great Wall Motors, QEV Technologies was the main winner of the bid to bring Nissan Barcelona back to life, and a first round of investment of 1 billion euros and the generation of 1,800 jobs is expected in the coming years.
But these initial numbers may rise thanks to partners like la belga Punch, which has been on the game board for a long time. On the other hand, the project of Silence opts for the Montcada Plant and there is already agreement on the issue of assets in the absence of setting the economic amount and determining the conditions of the workers.
On January 21, the reindustrialization table will meet again to try to make a decision.