Volkswagen Announces EV Battery Factory in Canada for $7 Billion
Volkswagen is taking a significant step forward in its electric vehicle strategy in North America, announcing the construction of its largest gigafactory to date in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.
With a planned investment of up to €4.8 billion / CAD$7 billion by 2030, the facility will have an annual production capacity of up to 90 GWh in the final expansion phase and create up to 3,000 highly skilled jobs at the factory, as well as tens of thousands of indirect jobs in the region.
Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, hailed the announcement as a win for workers, the community, and the economy. Volkswagen Group Board Member for Technology, Thomas Schmall, emphasized the importance of North America in the company’s global battery strategy and expressed the aim to make PowerCo SE, Volkswagen’s battery company, a global player in the battery business.
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With @VWGroup’s largest🔋plant ever, we’re:
👷♀️creating up to 30,000 well-paying jobs
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— François-Philippe Champagne (FPC) 🇨🇦 (@FP_Champagne) April 21, 2023
The St. Thomas gigafactory, set to break ground in 2024 with production beginning in 2027, will equip Volkswagen Group brands’ BEVs in North America with cutting-edge unified cells, a new cell technology designed for volume production. The facility is part of a larger plan agreed upon between Volkswagen, PowerCo, and the Canadian government to promote e-mobility in the country.
CEO of PowerCo SE, Frank Blome, expressed his gratitude for partnering with Canada, Ontario, and the City of St. Thomas in taking the EV industry to new heights. Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne, highlighted the investment as a testament to Canada’s competitiveness in attracting major investments and the nation’s status as the green supplier of choice to the world.
Located in the heart of the Great Lakes Automotive Corridor, the cell factory will span 370 acres (150 hectares) and be supplied with 100% CO2-free energy. Ontario’s Premier, Doug Ford, celebrated the investment as the largest auto investment in the province’s history and thanked Volkswagen and PowerCo SE for their confidence in Ontario’s workers and growing EV supply chain.