The European Investment Bank’s (EIB) financing to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA) (FCA) for manufacturing ever-safer battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles increases to almost €800 million. Investments will be mainly in plants located in southern Italy – strongly supporting employment and compliance with the strictest environmental criteria.
Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles in Pomigliano and R&D in Turin: €485 million
An initial €485 million operation finalised in recent days has two components. For manufacturing, it supports an innovative line of hybrid motor vehicles (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) produced at the Pomigliano plant in Campania. This is flanked by research, development and innovation (RDI) for electrification, connectivity and self-driving technologies mainly conducted at FCA's laboratories in Turin. The EIB credit line covers 75% of the total value of FCA’s investment in this project for the four-year period spanning 2020-2023, with a five-year loan term and particularly favourable interest rates provided thanks to the AAA rating of the EIB's bond issues.
Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles in Melfi and Battery Electric Vehicles in Mirafiori: €300 million
Before the summer, a €300 million operation was finalised for ongoing investments for the three-year period from 2019 to 2021, targeting plug-in hybrid electric vehicle production lines at plants in Melfi (Basilicata) and battery electric vehicles in Mirafiori (Piedmont).
Both operations are covered by the pillars of the EIB's financing activity:
support for RDI investment, for the development of cutting-edge electric vehicle technologies;
lastly, as the EU climate bank, support for promoters in all investments helping to mitigate climate change and in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
The contracts concluded in 2020 consolidate the long-standing partnership between the EIB and the FCA, which since 2010 has resulted in ten operations totalling €3.2 billion in financing, primarily to support technological innovation and with wide-ranging implications for manufacturing and related industries.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Flemish government represented by Vice Prime-Minister and Minister for the Economy Hilde Crevits. The agreement has the goal of creating a framework for further collaboration between Flanders and the EIB in financing and implementing Flemish hydrogen projects. The signature comes at a time when the Flemish government is presenting its first “projects of common interest” (PCI) in the field of hydrogen to the European Commission.
Today, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Commission signed an agreement that will make it possible to combine EU grants and long-term EIB financing for alternative fuels infrastructure projects. The agreement comes under the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Facility (AFIF) and is part of the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) transport programme. It will make over €1.5 billion in EU grants available by the end of 2023 for alternative fuels infrastructure, including electric fast-charging and hydrogen refuelling stations on the TEN-T road network. In addition to the EIB, other private and public banks can also benefit from the facility.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Flemish Government in Belgium have signed the third tranche of a lending facility in support of the “Oosterweel” project, the missing link in the ring road around the city of Antwerp. The parties added their signatures to the document, covering a €250 million tranche of the EIB facility, in Brussels today, bringing the total EIB-financing made available for the project to €500 million.