Photo Credit: Volvo Car Group

Having established itself as a leading regional hub for car production, Slovakia will become home to a new Volvo Cars production plant, which announced to extend its footprint in Europe. The new plant will produce electric-only vehicles, which will help advance sustainable mobility.

Volvo Car Group has announced that it will build its third production plant in Slovakia, near Košice. The investment, set to be completed by 2024, will amount to €1.2 billion. The production plant will specialise in the production of electric vehicles, thus contributing to Slovakia’s e-mobility aspirations to become a leader in the segment.

Volvo currently has two European factories, one in Ghent in Belgium and one in Torsland in Sweden. The plant in Slovakia will be constructed in Valaliky Industrial Park near Košice. Its capacity will be 250,000 vehicles per year. It will employ approximately 3,300 people. With construction to start in 2023, production will commence in 2026.

Photo Credit: Volvo Car Group

“We have a clear focus on becoming a pure electric mobility brand by 2030, which is in line with our purpose,” said Jim Rowan, chief executive at Volvo Cars. “Expansion in Europe, our largest sales region, is crucial to our shift to electrification and continued growth. I am very pleased to expand our Volvo Cars production footprint into Slovakia and look forward to welcoming new colleagues and partners on the journey ahead.”

Volvo Cars aim to produce 1.2 million cars by mid-decade. They will facilitate a global manufacturing footprint spanning Europe, the US and Asia.

Photo Credit: The Slovak Spectator

A future marked by e-mobility

Slovakia has by far the highest production of battery-powered electric vehicles in Europe, with 25 BEVs produced per thousand inhabitants in 2025. Furthermore, 11 electric and plug-in hybrid models of eight automotive brands, including Land Rover, Porsche and Audi, are produced in Slovakia. One Slovakian company, in particular, has further solidified the country’s status as an automotive paradise. InoBat specialises in battery production with the long-term objective of serving the European market with new energy solutions.

Slovakia thus seems set for a bright automotive future. Unsurprisingly, the industry is a driving force for the Slovak economy, accounting for 13% of its GDP. The country manufactures the highest number of vehicles per capita in the world.

This article was implemented with the financial support of the Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic.


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