VW Scout is Taking the US Market by Storm with New EV Pickups and SUVs!
As per the recent announcement made by Volkswagen, it will establish an electric vehicle manufacturing plant in South Carolina for its upcoming brand Scout Motors. This will be Volkswagen's second production facility in the United States, but it will exclusively produce Scout models and no other vehicles.
According to the board of management at VW, a new assembly plant for Scout vehicles will be established in Blythewood, South Carolina, costing $2 billion. The plant will commence the production of an electric pickup truck and "rugged" SUVs carrying the Scout name in 2026. Upon its full operation, the Scout EV plant will have the capacity to create around 4000 job opportunities and manufacture over 200,000 Scout vehicles per annum. Furthermore, the spokesperson of VW confirmed that only Scout vehicles would be produced at the new facility, not EVs for other VW brands.
When the Scout pair reaches the scene, the market for electric off-road vehicles will already have numerous contenders like the GMC Hummer EV and Rivian R1T. The existing players will soon be joined by an electric Jeep Wrangler and other competitors, making the space quite crowded.
Volkswagen (VW) currently has one factory located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the United States. The company announced in May of last year that it plans to spend more than $7 billion in North America over the next five years. This investment will be aimed at improving its product portfolio, regional research and development, and manufacturing capabilities in the region. VW began producing the ID.4 model in Chattanooga in July 2022 and plans to manufacture 7,000 electric vehicles per month, with an expectation to increase production numbers throughout 2023. Additionally, the automaker established a battery engineering laboratory in Chattanooga in the previous year and has expressed its intention to increase its battery cell production in the United States.
Volkswagen's Scout plant aligns with their earlier commitments to introduce new electric vehicles such as Volkswagen ID.4 in 2022, ID. Buzz in 2024, and new electric SUVs from 2026.