The Lone Star State now represents the very first U.S.-based manufacturing site for global electric vehicle charging solutions company, Wallbox. Headquartered in Barcelona, Wallbox announced the exciting expansion news earlier this week, citing Arlington’s central location, cross-country highway access, and proximity to some of Texas’ major cities. The Arlington facility is the fourth manufacturing site globally, with one currently in Europe and Chinese markets, and is projected to create 250 direct jobs in the region by 2030,
The new 130,000 square foot high-tech plant will see production beginning as early as June 2022. Wallbox confirmed a total of 290,000 units are projected annually in this facility by 2027 and will reach full capacity of 500,000 units by 2030.
“The U.S. automotive and energy markets are at an inflection point. Automotive electrification will accelerate significantly due to initiatives aimed at meeting aggressive greenhouse gas emission targets, which will significantly increase the demand for our EV charging and energy management solutions,” said Enric Asunción, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Wallbox. “This new factory will be an instrumental step in our expansion in the North American market, enabling us not only to meet the growing demand, but also to accelerate the launch of new products and enter the business and public EV charging segments as we bring our production stateside.”
“Project Quick Charge” was the dedicated code name for the company at the launch of the project by site locations veteran Eric Kleinsorge of Global Site Location Industries (GSLI). The company hosted a dedicated webinar back in June announcing the initial project specs and RFP requirements.
“The Wallbox team was great to work with,” added Eric Kleinsorge, Chairman and CEO of Global Site Location Industries (GSLI). “The project was very fast-tracked and took a tremendous amount of focused attention. The Wallbox and GSLI teams really stepped up together for a very successful location decision. We are excited to see their first US Manufacturing Plant off to such a great start.”
Plans for additional expansion in the U.S. over the next decade were also cited in the announcement, with plans to further support the North American market presently being pushed for the electrification of automobiles.
“Between the highly successful launch of our residential charger Pulsar Plus and our recently announced strategic alliance with SunPower to offer packaged EV charger and solar installations across the U.S. market, Wallbox has made great strides in establishing and growing its brand in the country this year,” said Douglas Alfaro, GM of North America at Wallbox. “The U.S. factory is another important milestone to expand our local footprint. Wallbox will be able to better serve American customers, increase its solutions offerings and support the nation’s transition toward electric mobility”, he concluded.