One other iconic automotive model is ready to reemerge in an EV rebirth. Scout Motors on Friday introduced plans to construct a $2 billion manufacturing plant in Blythewood, South Carolina, about 20 miles north of Columbia.
The plant will construct next-generation vans and rugged SUVs impressed by the Scout automobiles produced from 1961 to 1980. The unique Scout was developed by Worldwide Harvester as a Jeep competitor.
The brand new plant might create greater than 4,000 everlasting jobs, staff tasked with producing some 200,000 Scouts every year.
Groundbreaking is scheduled for mid-2023 and manufacturing is projected to start in 2026, with retail gross sales coming quickly thereafter.
Whereas Scout Motors is backed by Volkswagen Group, with a board of administrators that features notables from VW and VW-owned Bentley Motors, the automobiles might be designed, engineered and manufactured within the U.S. for American clients. The primary prototypes are scheduled to be unveiled subsequent yr.
In accordance with VW, the electrical Scout might be constructed upon a brand new all-electric platform idea that brings new pickup and RUV credibility past VW’s present portfolio.
Product growth might be significantly targeted on floor clearance, strategy angles, strong axles, payload capability, all-electric vary and new digital options.
Whereas Scout Motors is predicated in Tysons, Virginia, the positioning within the Palmetto State spans 1,600 acres, the plant will occupy 1,100 acres.
VW sees Scout’s as a method to enhance profitability and market share within the U.S. In accordance with Arno Antlitz, CFO of Volkswagen Group, permitting Scout Motors to function independently is a part of a brand new company technique that empowers small items to behave extra like a startup, however with entry to the carmaker’s tech platforms.