Factory Production Starts 2026: 200K+ Vehicles/Yr
The Volkswagen Group has lent its endorsement to Scout Motors, selecting Columbia, South Carolina as the prime location for the company’s initial factory.
The firm intends to allocate a whopping two billion dollars and construct a new factory that will produce cutting-edge electric pickups and vigorous SUVs modelled after the renowned Scout models produced from ’60 through ’80. This plant should provide no less than 4,000 continuous employment opportunities.
Near its maximum potency, the facility could make in excess of 200,000 Scout vehicles a year, according to a public statement by the manufacturer. The initiation of works is projected for mid-2023 and creating is meant to begin by the end of 2026.
The site covers a total of 1,600 acres (647 hectares), with the plant itself occupying 1,100 acres (445 hectares). According to the automaker, the location is “strategic” as it is adjacent to I-77 and Blythewood Road, and is situated less than 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Columbia.
It is located proximate to well-populated areas and expertise centers like Charleston, Charlotte, Greenville, and Atlanta.
As indicated by Scout, this locality provides unrivaled proximity to significant freeways, ports namely Charleston and Savannah, as well as universities with an emphasis on automotive engineering.
Scout is set to construct its electric trucks and SUVs on a newly-crafted all-electric platform that will offer “credible capability and off-road prowess.” The company’s internal engineering team has prioritized attributes such as ground clearance, approach angles, robust axles, payload capacity, all-electric range, and the introduction of digital features – all while staying true to the brand’s roots.
South Carolina is home to in excess of five hundred establishments related to vehicles and boasts seventy-five thousand people employed in the automotive sector. It outranks all other states in America with regard to exported sales of both complete passenger automobiles and tires.
Source: Scout Motors