Why do Seat and Volkswagen choose Sagunto for their battery plant?

Was the best proposal. Sagunto and the Valencian Community They have taken the cat to the water in the race for the battery factory and in 2026 should have a gigafactory of battery cell production with a capacity of 40 Gigawatts/hour. The historical investment of 7,000 million euros that he Volkswagen Group and Seat will carry out to electrify their activity and that in particular they will carry out in Sagunto will allow the company to supply its power plants with batteries Martorell (Barcelona) and Landaben (Navarra), although the president of the Spanish company himself, Wayne Griffithsdoes not rule out the entry of new partners.

The choice of Sagunto it is not accidental. Of the proposals presented for the project, the Valencian has been the one that has transferred the best aspects to the Volkswagen Group already seats at the time of including it in your Future Fast Forward to enter the application for the PERTE of the Electric Vehicle. Sagunto has surpassed Aragon, Catalonia and Extremadura being the bet more solvent. According Thomas Schmalmember of the board of directors of Volkswagen, responsible for Technology and chairman of the board of directors of Seat, Sagunto’s offer presented a excellent communication hubin addition to a very good port infrastructure that will allow the arrival of materials and the departure of battery cells from the new plant. The Catalan proposal (with locations in Tarragona and Lleida) ended up arriving afternoonsomething that they have recognized from the Generalitat itself.

Investment between 3,000 and 3,500 million

The technological manager of the German consortium, which was in charge of announcing the investment of 7,000 million, also highlighted that the plant will employ 3,000 people. “The announcement of PERTE in Spain is good news and we are going to apply for the funds over the next few weeks. It is a great opportunity for the country and also for Europe,” she added. Of those 7,000 million, between 3,000 and 3,500 They will be dedicated to the new Valencian factory.

The Sagunto factory be the second in Europe to enter service within the Volkswagen group. The first will be in Sweden together with Northvolt, which will start in 2023. “The objective is to offer an energy capacity of 240 Gigawatts/hour between all the plants, enough to meet the demand.” Schmall has admitted that the choice of Sagunto has gone through “100 different objective parameters before making the decision, which included the logistics connections, cost reduction and localization. Valencia tops the list of assets that a battery cell factory requires, above all because of the port connectionthe specialized labor infrastructure It is essential because we need speed in production capacity”.

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The Valencian plant will manufacture “the next generation of battery cells for the entire Group, betting on all future innovations in cell technologies that we will also build in Spain. We will use Volkswagen’s unified cell concept. Renewable energy with a local focus will also will be essential,” admitted Thomas Schmal. “This Sagunto plant will represent a call effect within the framework of the electrification ecosystem. One of the reasons why we decided on Valencia is that the need to start production was for 2026“, something feasible given the capacity of specialization jobs located in the area.

The start of construction of the Sagunto plant should start later this year. “Although everything is subject to the request that we present to PERTE by the Spanish Government,” Schmall stresses. At the same time, the Generalitat Valenciana is accelerating the procedures and has enabled the necessary space after approving the strategic environmental and territorial declaration, as confirmed by the Department of Ecological Transition.

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