Indeed, the Legault government is in talks with Panasonic in hopes of bringing Quebec into the ecosystem of the Japanese multinational, which is eyeing North America to build an electric vehicle battery factory.
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Several issues are at the heart of talks between Quebec and the Osaka-based conglomerate, Economy and Innovation Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon confirmed Tuesday during an interview on the sidelines of an economic announcement in Montreal.
Panasonic sees a very important market in North America. They were received by the Québec Ministry of Economy and Investissement.
Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister for Economy and Innovation
The press reported on Monday that Quebec was on the radar of Panasonic — a preferred supplier to Tesla — as part of its efforts in the North American market and that the charm operation involving the Trudeau government was not over.
“If they build a battery factory in the US or anywhere else, there will definitely be cathodes [principal élément de la batterie d’une voiture électrique]Anodes, recycling and research,” Fitzgibbon said.
Despite the progress made in recent months, Quebec, unlike Ontario with Stellantis and LG, has yet to convince a cell manufacturer to settle on its territory. However, it’s only a matter of time, say two sources within the battery industry who are not authorized to speak publicly at this time.
If the Legault government hopes to persuade the company to join the ranks of the battery industry, a cell factory on Quebec soil isn’t currently in the plans, Mr. Fitzgibbon specifies.
“We’re trying to convince Panasonic,” he adds. Even if it’s not the cell factory, there will be other things. »
The minister did not specify whether further exchanges with the Japanese conglomerate are planned in the short term. In the summer, the Federal Minister for Innovation, Science and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne, is visiting representatives of the multinational as part of a trip to Japan.
Mr Fitzgibbon will not be part of this delegation.
Quebec wants projects at all stages, from extracting resources such as graphite and lithium spodumene (mining projects), to converting materials into battery-grade components, to manufacturing anodes and cathodes (the most expensive element of the battery). the assembly of the battery cells and the manufacture of the modules.
- This is the number of steps in the battery chain, from exploration to recycling.