Seat wants to make Spain a platform for electric cars in Europe. This plan includes electrification of its factories in Martorell and Pamplona, a battery production ecosystem – ranging from lithium mining, a key material, to a massive battery factory in Sagunto – sites for electrical components, and a training, digitization and circular economy plan .
This is explained in the Future: Fast Forward project, which brings together an alliance of 62 partners to decide on the financing of the electric vehicle market. As Seat President Wayne Griffiths announced a few weeks ago, this project is intended to mobilize 7 billion euros, of which around 3 billion would go to the Sagunt Gigafactory.
The Volkswagen brand will go hand in hand with companies from 11 autonomous regions, 61% of which are medium-sized companies, “together covering the entire value chain of electric vehicles”. It is a “country project”.
The plan revolves around four axes – electrification, production, components and others – and between all partners “they cover the entire value chain of electric vehicles”. This list includes Bosch, Celsa, Carto, Feníe Energía, Gestamp, Gonvarri, Iberdrola, Lithium Iberia, Silence, Técnicas Reunidas and Valeo. CaixaBank, Telefónica, Ficosa, Itinnova and Eurecat also work together.
Last Friday, the partners met in Madrid for the project’s first general assembly, at which Marc Riera, Seat’s Director of Purchasing Strategy and New Projects, was elected President of the body. The idea is to meet at least twice a year. In addition, there will be a Delegated Commission that will meet regularly to ensure compliance with the Perte. In addition, there will be three governance committees: an Audit and Monitoring Committee (chaired by Blanca Montero), a Risk and Compliance Committee (chaired by Ignacio González) and a Finance Committee (Ferran Rodríguez).
The list of project partners
Altech, Asai Industrial, Azterlan, Balidea, BeePlanet Factory, Bosch, Brose, Carto, Celsa Group, Cetim, Cidetec, Cenim – CSIC, Cerler Global Electronics, CYP Core, Delta Vigo, ENSO, Feníe Energía, Forminsa, GCR Group, Gestamp , Glavista, Gonvarri, Grupo Sesé, Grupo Simoldes, Iberdrola, Intrustial, IMS Technology, Ingedetec, Instituto Universitario Investigación (Circe) – Universidad de Zaragoza, isEazy, Isend, Kapture. io, Kautenik, Kivnon, Lazpiur, Leartiker, Libelium, Lithium Iberia, Malena Engineering, Mindcaps, Mol-Matric, Motorland Aragón, NTDD, Nutai, Órbita Ingeniería, Pomceg Electronics, Power Innotech, Power HoldCo Spain, Seat Code, Seat Mó, Seat, Silence, Grupo SPR, Sumitomo Electric Bordnetze, Técnicas Reunidas, Tecoi, Valeo, Vega Chargers, Vicomtech, Volkswagen Navarra, WIP and Zylk.