German automaker Volkswagen has announced its plan to build electric vehicles (EVs) for its upcoming brand, Scout Motors, in South Carolina. The move comes as part of VW’s efforts to increase its share of the EV market in the United States.
New Assembly Plant for Scout Vehicles
VW’s board of management has confirmed that the company will construct a new assembly plant for Scout vehicles in Blythewood, South Carolina, at a cost of $2 billion. The plant will be VW’s second vehicle production facility in the US but will solely manufacture Scout models.
Electric Pickup Truck and “Rugged” SUVs
The new Scout EV plant is set to begin production in 2026 and will focus on building an electric pickup truck and “rugged” SUVs under the Scout name. The vehicles will be manufactured exclusively for the Scout Motors brand.
Job Creation and Production Capacity
The new Scout EV plant is expected to create around 4000 jobs and has the capacity to produce more than 200,000 vehicles per year once fully operational. According to a VW spokesperson, all vehicles produced at the plant will be Scout models, and the plant will not manufacture EVs for other VW brands.