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09 May, 2022 – Arcadis (EURONEXT: ARCAD) has been selected to manage the design and development program for Wallbox’s new electric vehicle (EV) charger manufacturing facility in Arlington, Texas, in the U.S. After a collaborative design process, Wallbox began construction of the 130,000 square foot facility in April.
The plant will go into production in Q3 and is expected to produce 250,000 units in 2022. By 2025, the facility is expected to produce over 500,000 units annually. Wallbox’s chargers are compatible with all electric vehicles, making the new facility conducive to EV growth in the U.S. In addition to manufacturing, the site will also feature offices, labs, evaluation areas and a warehouse, and is expected to create 250 high-paying green jobs in the region.
Ketan Maroo, vice president of industrial infrastructure at Arcadis, said: “Charging infrastructure and manufacturing are critical to supporting EV adoption. EV adoption is essential in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating the effects of climate change. Our team is proud to play a part in driving sustainable mobility forward.”
Mark Cowlard, Global President of Places at Arcadis, added, “Although EV technology is relatively new, at Arcadis we have decades of experience in delivering large-scale manufacturing facilities, particularly for the automotive industry, and understanding the procedural and physical requirements of working with clients in this space give us a solid foundation of knowledge on which to build. EVs will soon be a fixture of everyday life and creating the facilities to help accelerate adoption and implementation all around the world will be crucial when it comes to addressing concerns around long-term carbon emissions.”
To deliver the project successfully, Arcadis has factored critical sensitivities such as humidity control and dust mitigation into the factory’s design. The team has also identified plans for installing future solar panels and for sourcing recyclable furniture, to reduce the plant’s overall carbon footprint.
Pablo Moleira, project manager for Wallbox, said: “Arcadis has worked alongside our team from the earliest stages of this project, and together we have been able to bring this project to life on an accelerated schedule for maximum impact. North America needs electric vehicle chargers, and we are thrilled to be able to help accelerate the transition by making EV charging easier and more accessible.”
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- Arcadis partners with Wallbox on new 130,000 sq ft electric vehicle charger manufacturing facility in U.S. state of Texas_FINAL