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Scout Motors is part of the Volkswagen Group.
Volkswagen‘s subsidiary PowerCo will build its first overseas “gigafactory” for battery cell manufacturing in St. Thomas, Ontario. Production is planned to start in 2027.
The decision to expand the PowerCo cell production into Canada is further proof of the ambitious growth strategy of the Volkswagen Group in North America.
VW last week announced they were had selected South Carolina for the new Scout Motors assembly plant.
Volkswagen plans to develop 25 new battery-powered electric vehicles by the end of the decade. It also intends to increase production at its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant and upgrade its facilities in Puebla and Silao, Mexico, to produce electric vehicles and components at those sites.
“Today’s announcement by Volkswagen is a true testament to our highly skilled workforce and Canada’s strong and growing battery ecosystem,” Francois Phillippe Champagne, Canada’s minister of innovation, said in a statement.
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Scout Motors, the independent U.S. company, backed by Volkswagen Group, announced the brand is establishing its first manufacturing plant near Columbia, South Carolina, where it will build all-electric trucks and rugged SUVs,
By reviving the Scout brand, VW is harkening back to the iconic Scout vehicles produced from 1960 to 1980.
The Volkswagen Group is investing US$2 billion with the potential of create 4,000 or more new permanent jobs. At full capacity, more than 200,000 Scout vehicles may be produced annually at the facility.
Volkswagen Group announced they are reviving the rugged 1970’s Scout brand to design, engineer, and manufacture pick-up trucks and rugged SUVs for the U.S. market.
The first Scout prototypes are to be unveiled next year, and production is scheduled to start in 2026. The electrified Scout brand will be built upon a new technical platform concept.