The Nissan Reindustrialization Commission chooses the electromobility hub for the Free Trade Zone

  • The electric mobility hub led by QEV Technologies is the option chosen to reindustrialize the Nissan plant in the Free Trade Zone.

  • Negotiations continue, with QEV Technologies and Silence, to find the best option for the Sant Andreu de la Barca and Montcada i Reixac facilities.

The Reindustrialization Commission from Nissan, made up of unions, public administrations and Nissan management, chose, at their fifteenth meeting, the option of ‘electric mobility hub lead by QEV Technologies as the best option to reindustrialize the plant of the Free Zone in Barcelona. This project, presented by the Catalan company last December 17, had the support of all parties to meet the objectives set by the commission by offering a solution with greater industrial weight.

This project would occupy the two current production lines of Nissan to produce various vehicle models. The exact space needs that it will have are yet to be specified QEV Technologies for the start-up of the ‘hub’, with which the plant of the Free Zone could accommodate more projects. The commission has also valued the new proposal of the Belgian Punch, which could opt for this complementary space, although at the moment the decision has been made to keep it as an option to focus efforts on the electromobility hub. According to sources familiar with the negotiations, the proposal led by QEV Technologies would have been asked to establish itself as a company, while Punch would have claimed prominence and for the hub to be integrated into its project.

The Director General of Industry of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Natalia Mas, explained that the commission seeks to “prioritize the industry linked to the sustainable mobility sector and help promote projects such as the ‘hub’, which are strategic for the economy of CataloniaHowever, he did not rule out the arrival of other projects that “are complementary and maximize occupancy and added value as a whole.”

QEV Technologies presented its ‘hub’ project with electric truck manufacturers It’s over Y Volka Motors, although the latter fell. In parallel, names such as Hispano Suiza, Lupa Motors, Btech Y Ronn Motor, all with electric mobility as a common denominator. The original idea is to produce electric vehicles, both passenger cars and last-mile delivery vehicles, in addition to sharing synergies and some suppliers. Some of the parties are also working on the development of other types of vehicles, such as scooters or scooters. According to its promoters, the investment would be around 1.8 billion euros and would be generated around 10,000 jobs, between direct and indirect.

This project was positioned as the favorite by the Nissan Reindustrialization Commission after what Great Wall Motors (GWM), the preferred option at first, will rule out investing in the plants of the Japanese brand in mid-December. The proposal presented to GWM contemplated more public aid than originally planned and a reduction in the rent of the space of the Free Zone. The Asian company decided to abandon the Barcelona option and announced that it would seek other alternatives in Europe.

Sant Andreu de la Barca and Montcada i Reixac

The electric mobility hub will be located only in the Free Zone, leaving the future of Nissan facilities in Sant Andreu de la Barca Y Montcada and Reixac still without owner. However, the commission stated after the meeting that the negotiations with the main candidates, also QEV Technologies and the Catalan brand of electric vehicles Silence, are in a very advanced stage waiting to finalize the final details of the global agreement for all plants, an agreement that guarantees the use of almost 2,600 workers of the Japanese brand in the city.

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According to the commission, both also meet all the reindustrialization goals. Raül Blanco, Secretary General for Industry and SMEs of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, celebrated that “positive progress is being made so that the resulting projects meet the needs of the workforce of the three Nissan plants.” Frank Torres, head of industrial operations at Nissan, defined the QEV Technologies and Silence proposals as “a clear industrial solution for employment and the future for the Barcelona plants”

The members of the table began to continue working and will hold another meeting next January 21st to continue defining the future of Barcelona from Nissan, in which it has produced vehicles during 42 years and a century if its precedents are taken into account.

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