The GCK group continues to grow with a factory dedicated to battery production in Lampdes (Puy-de-Dôme).

France and Europe have set themselves the goal of not selling new thermal vehicles from 2035. And “President Macron announced that France wants to produce two million new electric cars a year from 2030,” Industry Minister Roland Lescure recalled. The launch of the new website of Green Corp Konnection (GCK) this Monday. “However, it is estimated that there will still be twenty million thermal cars in circulation in 2035. That’s why we need companies like you. »
Established in 2020, GCK specializes in carbon-free mobility. It produces batteries for various vehicles (sports, bicycles, boats), but also specializes in retrofitting (carbon-free transformation of thermomobiles). It presented the first retrofitted hydrogen vehicle, which the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region has just acquired and is in the process of being approved.

The first hydrogen car resulting from a collaboration between companies based in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Headquartered in Haute-Savoie but with industrial facilities in Auvergne, GCK has amassed a total of 500 upgrade orders, from the first hydrogen-powered snowplow to a fleet of boats plying Lake Annecy. “The news is coming every day,” said Guerlain Chicherit, president of GCK.

Another 6,000 m² plant in Gravanches coming soon

At the beginning of the year, the company had 65 employees; they are now 150. For 2022, the turnover should reach twenty million euros. “Then we plan to double the turnover every year,” said Eric Boudot.

Guerlain Chicherit, president of GCK, a heavy vehicle retrofit company

To cope with this growth, the company needs buildings. Lempdes (2500 m²), which opened on Monday, is dedicated to battery production. Prototypes were developed in Issoire. And GCK has acquired two hectares of land in Clermont-Ferrand, in the Gravanch area, with the aim of building a 6,000 m² plant dedicated to resupply. This new location should be operational from 2024.

The Departmental Council has joined forces with GCK to relaunch the legendary Charade circuit (Puy-de-Dome).

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Development, integration, as well as green energy supply. GCK’s ambition is to implement “360 degree” decarbonisation projects, insisted Eric Boudot. It is for this reason that the Department entrusted him with the operation of the Charade racing circuit, where GCK aims to generate renewable energy.

Auvergne is in full transition

The opening of the Lampdes plant was cleverly organized at a time when decarbonisation was on everyone’s lips with the start of COP 27 in Egypt. While one of GCK’s partners, Symbio (a subsidiary of Michelin), is also gaining momentum and the exploitation of a lithium deposit at Allier has just been announced, Auvergne is showing its full role in the challenging energy project. transition.

Lawrence Bernard

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