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Volkswagen to build gigafactory EV battery plant in southwest Ontario


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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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Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi plans to begin production of its first electric vehicle in 2024

Speaking at the annual China’s National People’s Congress gathering in Beijing, CEO, Lei Jun said: “Xiaomi’s car manufacturing has progressed beyond expectation and [prototypes] have recently successfully completed winter testing.”

Lei also confirmed Xiaomi had invested more than 3 billion yuan (£360 million) in its electric car division, Xiaomi Automobile, in 2022. He added that staffing of its R&D department had risen to more than 2300 people.

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VW’s Scout Motors selects South Carolina for production site

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Scout Motors Teaser

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.

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Ford is increasing production of its electric vehicles in response to customer demand

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Ford Logo

Ford is boosting production of its popular Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning, and the E-Transit van.

Ford began increasing production of the Mustang Mach-E this past week. Changes at the Cuautitlán Assembly Plant in Izcalli, Mexico will allow Ford to nearly double its hourly production and bring its annual manufacturing run rate to a targeted 210,000 units by year’s end.

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J.D. Power study shows EV customers want the usual » Styling, Quality, Reliability, Safety, and Technology

According to the latest J.D. Power Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Ownership Study, Rivian owners really like their R1T electric pickups.

As mainstream customers enter the electric vehicle market, they are focusing on the same things that have mattered them in the past — styling, quality, reliability, safety, technology — according to the latest annual study of EV owners by J.D. Power.

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