Fiat Chrysler is investing 755 million zlotys ($204 million) into its Tychy plant in Poland, where it will manufacture hybrid and electric Jeep, Fiat and Alfa Romeo models.
“Modern, hybrid and electric cars of the Jeep, Fiat and Alfa Romeo brands will start to leave the factory in Tychy in 2022,” said Poland deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Gowin, who added that further investments in the plant are possible, as per Reuters.
Through these types of investments, Poland hopes to catch up to regional rivals such as the Czech Republic and Slovakia when it comes to the manufacturing of electric vehicles.
FCA, which is in the middle of a $38 billion merger with PSA, stated that early preparations for the expansion and modernization of the Tychy plant started in late 2020. This facility is one of the company’s largest (nearly 29 million square feet), currently employing roughly 2,500 people.
The first order of business is to begin production on three new passenger car models for the previously-mentioned brands in the second half of 2022.
What we don’t know yet is whether or not these models will be sold outside of Europe once they’re put into production. FCA has already confirmed that it will offer electrified options across its Jeep portfolio, investing a total of $10.5 billion into electrification within the next two years.
The Tychy factory currently produces the Fiat 500 subcompact and Lancia Ypsilon supermini. Last year, the facility built around 263,000 vehicles, nearly all of them exported to 58 markets worldwide.