Two auto parts facilities that supply General Motors’ CAMI Assembly in Ingersoll, Ont. face closure as the plant that currently builds the Chevrolet Equinox east of London, Ont. transitions to producing electric delivery vans.
StromVolt’s initial phase for the cell production site, planned for an unconfirmed location in Quebec, would cover 400,000 square feet (37,000 square metres) and be capable of producing cells with total capacity of 250 megawatt-hours per year.
Outfitted with a series of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), a Jeep Grand Cherokee is one part of a new $1.6-million autonomous vehicle research partnership between the Ontario university and auto parts supplier Magna International.
While the White House said on Monday that the United States will ease foreign travel restrictions to the country beginning in November, allowing foreigners in if they have proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test, the changes don’t apply to land crossings along the Canadian and Mexican borders.
Jim Witham, CEO of GaN Systems, would not specify the precise value of the BMW deal, nor could he share which models the automaker planned to use the transistors in. But the agreement, which will put BMW at the front of the line for the company’s new transistors, is part of an industry-wide shift toward lining up a steady supply of components well in advance, he said.