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InoBat chooses Valladolid to build its gigafactory of batteries for electric cars

As reported Five days, the Slovak InoBat would have finally opted for Valladolid to build its next gigafactory of batteries for electric cars. According to sources close to the company, the decision will not be officially announced for another month, although a priori it seems that the choice is final.

The facilities, which will have a maximum capacity of 32 GWh once construction is complete, will involve an investment of 3,000 million euros. In its first phase, in which the factory will have around 8 GWh, 2,300 direct jobs will be created, although in the future this figure could increase to 4,000 employees.

Among the reasons that would have led InoBat to select Valladolid to house its new battery plant would be the easy access to renewable energy that our country offersthe strong transport connections of the Castilian capital and the presence of manufacturers such as Renault and IVECO, as well as suppliers such as Gestamp, Faurecia or Michelin.

Last Monday, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Hector Gomezmet electronically with those responsible for InoBat, which is waiting to find out the amount of public aid from which it will be able to benefit in the second call for PERTE (Strategic Projects for the Recovery and Economic Transformation) of the Electric and Connected Vehicle. «[El ejecutivo] will make available all the instruments to promote employment-generating, strategic and backbone projects, such as the one we have dealt with with InoBat”, Gomez declared after the match.


InoBat also evaluated awarding the plant to the United Kingdom, which was at a disadvantage due to Brexit

Andy Palmerpresident of InoBat, confirmed at the time that the establishment of a Research and Development project in Salamanca for efficient energy storage and battery recycling is also being evaluated, an initiative that will be carried out in collaboration with the University of Salamanca, the Salamanca City Council and the Junta de Castilla y León.

If confirmed, this project would be added to those of basquevolt in Álava (10 GWh), vision in Cáceres (30 GWh), phi4tech in Badajoz (10 GWh) and PowerCo in Valencia (60 GWh). Also, the Indian giant daddy is also considering building a gigafactory in Zaragoza, while stellantis it does not rule out raising another if it finally assigns to its Spanish plants (Madrid, Pontevedra, Zaragoza) the STLA Small platform for small and compact electric cars.

Source | Five days

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