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Scout Motors Plans Blythewood, South Carolina, Manufacturing Plant

Off-road electric vehicle manufacturer Scout Motors Inc. plans to establish its first manufacturing plant in Blythewood, South Carolina. The $2 billion project is expected to create 4,000 jobs.

The new Richland County facility, occupying 1,100 acres at the Blythewood Industrial Site, will produce more than 200,000 vehicles annually. Operations are scheduled to begin by the end of 2026.

“We’re honored to partner with South Carolina to usher in this new era for Scout,” said President and CEO of Scout Motors Scott Keogh. “Scout has been an American icon since introducing an SUV in 1960. It's the vehicle that took your family on a camping trip, that gave access to the great outdoors, and that showed up on the job site every morning. Today, we’re reimagining Scout’s original ingenuity and electrifying its future. We’re bringing the Scout spirit to South Carolina and it's going to be a hell of a ride.”

Scout Motors Inc. is an automotive marque of the Volkswagen Group. The brand was established in May 2022 to produce off-road capable electric vehicles.[ Scout trucks and rugged SUVs will be built on a newly designed all-electric platform that delivers credible capability and off-road prowess.

“Entering the market with an EV-based vehicle like Scout is a bold move, one that will help our state achieve a sustained future. We welcome Scout Motors and appreciate the company’s confidence and commitment to take this bold journey with South Carolina.” noted Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III.

“To say today’s announcement by Scout Motors is exciting would be a dramatic understatement. The investment being made by Scout Motors is one for the history books for Richland County, its people and the surrounding communities. As we congratulate the company and our partners in the county on this transformative news, we also look forward to the revival of this iconic American brand, ”added Central SC Alliance Chairman Matthew Shaffer.

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