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Cáceres and Sagunto: the first two electric battery gigafactories in Spain

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they are already two gigafactories of batteries for electric cars to be installed in Spain Immediately. To the well-known Sagunto (Valencia), promoted by Volkswagen, another will be added in Cáceres, specifically next to the town of Navalmoral de la Mata. Both plants will put Spain on the map of the new electric mobility and will also mean the creation of thousands of jobs.

The Chinese manufacturer Envisión and the Spanish Acciona promote the project of the large battery factory for electric cars in Extremadura. A large facility will be built in Navalmoral that will employ more than 3,000 people directly and another 12,000 indirectly.

The project will involve an investment of 2,500 million euros and will occupy an area of ​​land of 200 hectares. Its production capacity will be 30 GWh, which will make it possible to manufacture some 600,000 batteries each year.

Envision is a Chinese company with proven experience in the production of electric batteries and in 2018 it acquired the AESC battery division from the Nissan company. It has production facilities in France and the United Kingdom. Envisión also has three other gigafactories in China and the United States, with an installed capacity of about 100 GWh/year. It is a supplier firm of brands such as Nissan or Renault.

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For its part, Acciona is the Spanish partner of the Chinese technology giant in this operation. The president of the company, José Manuel Entrecanales, already announced at the company’s last shareholders’ meeting, held in early April, that he was in “advanced” talks with a Chinese company to set up a battery factory in Spain.

“We are in advanced talks with one of the world’s leading energy-technological companies to promote a revolutionary project in Spain of battery manufacturing and lithium mining”, he said then in front of the shareholders of Acciona Energía.

Precisely, Extremadura has two of the most important liltio deposits in all of Europe, specifically in the province of Cáceres.

This important and strategic investment will be supported by the PERTE (Strategic Project for Economic Recovery and Transformation) for the electric vehicle recently launched by the Government. It is endowed with 2,975 million euros and aims to attract this type of facility to Spain.

Gigafactory in Sagunto

In fact, this very week, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, has indicated that there is a possibility that new gigafactories will arrive in Spain within the framework of PERTE, in the style of the battery plant that the Volkswagen Group will install in Sagunto (Valencia).

In that case, the German automobile group has already announced that it will install its battery plant in Spain in this Valencian municipality, with a maximum capacity of 40 GWh and a workforce of more than 3,000 people, and will invest 7,000 million euros in its electrification plan in Spain.

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The Sagunto gigafactory will occupy a total of 200 hectares and will involve an investment of 3,000 million, plus 500 million corresponding to the photovoltaic plant that will be built expressly to exclusively feed the factory, as confirmed in the presentation by the heads of Volkswagen to questions from journalists.

The CEO of the Volkswagen Group, Herbert Diess, stated that his group shares with the Government the objective of turning Spain into an electric hub and stressed that “it is a historic investment” since the second largest car manufacturer in Europe is going to be electrified, after an alliance with 61 companies, including the Galician group Delta Vigo.

The Generalitat Valenciana accelerated the process so that the Volkswagen battery gigafactory in Sagunto is operational in 2025. The president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, insisted that the formalization of the Perte is “a step forward to convert the Valencian Community into a benchmark for the electric automotive industry in Europe”.

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