Volkswagen is close to naming Sagunto in Valencia, Spain as the home to the German automaker’s newest battery cell factory.
According to local media outlet El País, the decision for Sagunto is 95 per cent made. However, VW will not announce the decision until the tender for the Spanish PERTE funding is published.
The plant will have a capacity of 40 GWh per year. The 3.5 billion euro investment will bring around 3,500 jobs to the region.
VW first announced its intention to build a factory in Spain in July 2021.
Spanish manufacturing is not a new concept for VW. Currently, the Martorell plant is planning to build smaller electric vehicles. At the same time, their Pamplona plant plans to build electric SUVs.
It is unclear whether the new Sagunto plant will supply only the other Spanish plant or the broader VW manufacturing network.
This latest battery factory is part of a larger plan to build six gigafactories for VW.
The first is already up and running in Sweden via a partnership with Northvolt.
The second factory will come online in Salzgitter in 2025.
If the Spanish factory news is correct, that would be the third factory. While the fourth factory will open somewhere in Eastern Europe.
However, VW has not named the regions for their fifth and sixth factories.