While Stellantis announced the green light to the gigafactory in Italy, the Volkswagen Group communicated the ambitious project of transform Spain into its European hub for electric vehicles. This project also includes the construction in Valencia (Sagunto precisely) of a new factory for battery cells of electric cars.
The German Group announced today its plan to join the & quot; PERTE & quot; program for electric vehicles after the Spanish government announced the opening of the tender for 1 & deg; April 2022. All this is part of SEAT's Future Fast Forward plan in which the Spanish brand and the Volkswagen Group will invest 7 billion euros. Plan that also includes the adaptation of the Martorell and Pamplona plants to build electric cars.
THE NEW GIGAFACTORY
The new battery cell plant in Valencia will be built. the second for the Group after that of Salzgitter , the first outside of Germany. It will be of a factory powered by renewable energy sources where you will go; to produce the new & quot; unified cell & quot; (unified cell) which will be & agrave; used on all the Group's future new electrical systems. A site that will have; an important impact on the local economy as it will go to create many new jobs both directly and induced.
The Volkswagen Group chose Valencia after considering multiple aspects such as access to renewable energy sources, good logistical connections, the possibility; to have a skilled workforce and more. The Group aims at a capacity; production equal to 40 GWh per year and expects to employ more; of 3,000 people in Valencia. Construction of the new plant is expected to start by the end of the year. Production of the cells is expected to start in 2026.
In total, the Volkswagen Group plans to build six Gigafactories in Europe with capacity; annual of 240 GWh. The cells for the premium vehicles will be manufactured by Northvolt in Skellefte & aring; in Sweden. To speed up the construction of all the other cell factories coming to Europe, the Volkswagen Group has founded a company; European Union for the development and production of cells and keeps the possibility open; to integrate partners or investors.
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