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Volvo Cars to expand battery plant in Ghent (Flanders)

Swedish automotive company Volvo Cars has submitted plans to expand its state-of-the-art battery plant at North Sea Port Ghent (Flanders) by a whopping 5,000 square meters. To get more electric vehicles rolling off the assembly line, Volvo Car Gent wants to be able to assemble 300,000 batteries a year.

Tripling in the making

The number of fully electric cars rolling off the assembly line at Volvo Car Gent will be going through the roof. By the end of 2022, the Flanders-based plant should be capable of producing up to 135,000 fully electric cars annually, three times as many as before. To reach that number, some adjustments are necessary, including a capacity boost in the welding department. But batteries are also a critical aspect of manufacturing the electric cars. These batteries are assembled and tested in a separate part of the Volvo Car Gent factory. That’s where expansion is crucial. 

Plans to expand the battery factory were submitted in early 2022 and received the green light from the Ghent city council at the end of July.

It’s electrifying

“The new expansion fits into our strategy of moving toward a fully electric car plant on site,” explains Barbara Blomme, spokesperson of Volvo Car Gent.

Within the Volvo Group, we are pioneers in the field of electric cars and we want to continue on this path.

Barbara Blomme
spokesperson of Volvo Car Gent

Volvo Cars’ battery plant in Ghent was officially inaugurated back in March 2020 as the first of its kind in all the group’s factories worldwide. It is part of an ambitious investment plan that earned Volvo Cars a nomination for the 2022 Foreign Investment of the Year Trophy presented by Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT). 

300,000 batteries per year

The factory is currently able to process 150,000 lithium batteries per year for the production of electric cars. This capacity will be doubled by the expansion, reaching 300,000 batteries annually. To pull this off, the battery factory is planned to become 5,000 square meters larger. “This is happening on our own land,” Blomme adds. “Part of the current parking area will have to go, but extra parking space will be created at the Sifferdok. The preparatory works for the expansion started at the end of June.”

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Volvo Car Gent
Reported by
newspaper Het Nieuwsblad
15 September 2022

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