One of the six battery factories that Volkswagen wants to build is to be built in Central and Eastern Europe. Among the German interested candidates are the countries of the Visegrad group: Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. The location of the factory will be decided in the first half of 2022.
The construction of the six battery plants is part of Volkswagen’s plan to convert production to electromobility and electric cars. The factories are expected to be built by 2030 and have a production capacity of 240 GWh. The first factories will be built in Salzkitzer, Germany and Skelleftech, Sweden. According to the Reuters agency, a factory will be built in a country belonging to the Visegrad Group. The exact location is expected to be decided by the end of June 2022. The plant will start production in 2027.
When making a decision about location, we must take into account the prevailing conditions in the given country, the economic environment, the electromopility approach and possible subsidies – read the Volkswagen report quoted by Reuters.
Favorite in the race for a battery factory is the Czech Republic, where Volkswagen-owned Skoda has its headquarters and factories. Poland, on the other hand, is the largest producer of lithium-ion batteries in Europe. The LG Energy Solutions plant has been operating near Wrocaw for many years, and construction of the Northwold plant is set to begin in 2022 in Gdańsk.