Scout breaks ground on US factory

Vehicle production is targeted to begin by the end of 2026

Scout breaks ground on US factory
Scout has released a teaser image of its vehicle concept design

Scout Motors, the US EV reboot owned by VW, has broken ground on its new $2bn production facility in Blythewood, SC. 

Vehicle production is targeted to begin by the end of 2026, with the first sales occurring soon thereafter.  

"On this land – with our hands and with our technology – we will build great vehicles,” says Scout Motors CEO Scott Keogh.

Scout will build a pickup and SUV model on a newly designed all-electric platform, and is currently evaluating battery technologies.

It will reveal a concept design for its vehicles later this year.

The firm will compete with other electric SUVs in the US market such as the Rivian R1S and Lucid Gravity. Stellantis brand Jeep is also planning to enter the space.

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Scout has now hired nearly 350 employees since VW decided to reanimate the heritage brand in 2022, establishing an R&D centre in Michigan.

South Carolina and Michigan are both offering incentives for EV infrastructure as they look to develop advanced manufacturing jobs.

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