Volkswagen Battery Plant Set To Begin Construction In 2024

The PowerCo plant at St. Thomas, Ontario, is the Volkswagen Group’s first overseas gigafactory for battery cell manufacturing. If you buy a VW Group EV in North America after the plant is up and running, its batteries will come from here. The pant is now ready to begin construction starting in 2024.

St. Thomas will be PowerCo’s largest factory to date and production capacity is forecasted to be up to 90 gigawatt hours (GWh). VW and PowerCo also say that the factory will directly supply around 3,000 jobs in the area, in addition to being completely powered by carbon-dioxide-free energy. The plant itself is massive, covering around 370 acres, and the surrounding construction, consisting of the entire industrial and supplier park, covers 1,500 acres. While construction starts next year, the plant won’t be operational until 2027.

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Chase Bierenkoven
Chase Bierenkoven

Chase is an automotive journalist with years of experience in the industry. He writes for outlets like Edmunds and AutoGuide, among many others. When not writing, Chase is in front of the camera over at The Overrun, his YouTube channel run alongside his friend and co-host Jobe Teehan. If he's not writing reviews of the latest in cars or producing industry coverage, Chase is at home in the driver's seat of his own (usually German) sports cars.

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