French start-up Verkor is planning to build a 16 GWh manufacturing facility for EV batteries in southern France. French industry consultant Capgemini has joined the project to improve the manufacturing processes. Capgemini will bring its expertise in digital transformation and technology services, providing data collection and analysis with artificial intelligence (AI), making the Southern European factory more efficient. Capgemini has joined other partners in the project such as Schneider Electric, EIT InnoEnergy and Idec Groupe, which earlier announced their presence. IDEC Group and Grenoble-based partner ER2I are overseeing land acquisition for the project as well as the design and construction, with Schneider Electric bringing its industrial expertise and strong links to Europe’s existing battery supply chain. Battery production at the proposed Verkor facility would start in 2023 with an initial annual manufacturing capacity of 16 GWh that could rise to 50 GWh depending on demand, according to the start-up. Verkor believes that bringing Capgemini onboard will differentiate them from the competitors as they would be focusing on high efficiency production akin to a smart factory. Link to the news: https://www.energy-storage.news/news/startup-verkor-teams-up-with-consultancy-capgemini-for-16gwh-capacity-smart