is trying to beef up and localize cell manufacturing for its electrical automobiles. It has taken one other step towards that aim by saying subsidiary PowerCo’s first North American battery cell manufacturing facility, which it should construct in Canada.
The automaker’s first cell manufacturing gigafactory exterior of Europe will construct sustainable unified cells and will probably be situated in St. Thomas, Ontario. VW that Canada was a great location as a result of provide of uncooked supplies from native sources and “vast entry to scrub electrical energy.” Extra particulars concerning the gigafactory might be revealed later, however VW plans for manufacturing to start out in 2027. Final 12 months, VW mentioned it deliberate to construct six PowerCo factories in Europe, beginning in Salzgitter, Germany and Valencia, Spain.
The information comes only a week after VW for a manufacturing facility in South Carolina, the place it should construct electrical pickups and SUVs beneath its new Scout model. VW expects to fabricate greater than 200,000 EVs on the plant yearly as a part of its technique to have a stronger foothold in North America. Manufacturing is slated to start out by the top of 2026.