Romania already has a history of failed investments, especially when it comes to Volkswagen. Now, we find out that another huge investment of Volkswagen bypasses Romania, this time being the production of Li-Ion batteries. Here are the countries where the Germans’ Li-Ion batteries will be produced.
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The Volkswagen Group plans to accelerate the transition to electric cars. This means, by 2030, the construction of no less than six factories for the production of Li-Ion batteries, only in Europe. The first of these is due to become operational in 2027 and there is already strong competition between Eastern European countries for this investment. However, Romania is not on the Volkswagen list.
According to sources inside Volkswagen, among the candidate countries for a Li-Ion battery factory are the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary. The Czech Republic would be the most suitable candidate, given that the country already hosts two plants of the group, which already produce Li-Ion batteries. Poland and Hungary are two other countries where the production of Li-Ion batteries is extremely advanced.
Initially, a final decision on the location of the battery factory was to be taken later this year, and negotiations with the Czech government seemed to be at an advanced stage. Later, however, the Volkswagen Group withdrew and announced that it would make the decision “in the first half of 2022”.
Huge investment of Volkswagen that bypasses Romania: Li-Ion battery factory
“They were supposed to decide by the end of the year, now they have postponed the decision until mid-2022, not just for the Czech Republic,” Czech Industry Minister Karel Havlicek told Reuters, confirming previous information released by the Czech news agency. CTK press.
In addition to the production facility currently under construction in the German city of Salzgitter, five more factories will be added, Volkswagen chief technology officer Thomas Schmall said. According to plans unveiled by Europe’s largest carmaker, the six factories will be able to produce battery cells with a total capacity of 240 gigawatt hours per year by 2030.
Romania is not on the Volkswagen list this time either. Our country was bypassed two years ago, when the Germans were looking for a location for a new Skoda factory. However, Rombat is already producing Li-Ion batteries in Romania, near Bucharest. In addition, another Li-Ion battery factory is under construction in Timișoara, the investment being carried out by the German company Dräxlmaier.
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