Not coincidentally, just after Carlos Tavares took aim at the Italian government for its reduced support for electric cars, Stellantis announces that it will cut production at its Mirafiori plant in Turin.
Η Stellantis puts a brake on its production at its Mirafiori factory in Turin both in February and next month as a “reaction” to weak demand for the all-electric Fiat 500; and models of Maserati, a spokesman for the car industry said yesterday.
Production cuts at Mirafiori will last until March 30. This move follows the decision of the company nput approximately 2,250 factory workers on furlough from February 12th through March 3rd.
The CEO of Stellantis, Carlos Tavares, last month he said that Mirafiori, the historic “home” of Fiat, was among the factories that “suffered from the Rome government's decision not to incentivize EVs.”
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The Stellantis spokesman added that with the exception of February 12, when the plant will stop producing cars for 24 hours, the Mirafiori unit expected to work an 8 hour shiftinstead of the two normal ones, for the above period.
In fact, he added that “Stellantis has the option to completely cease activity at the facility if demand proves to be even weaker in the coming weeks.”
Labor union sources said that approx 300 to 350 people are expected to be placed on compulsory leave each week out of a total of approx 1,250 workers building the electric Fiat 500.