EVSE manufacturer Wallbox has selected Arlington, Texas as the location of its first US manufacturing facility. The 130,000-square-foot plant will have enough capacity to support Wallbox’s expansion plans in North America for the next decade. Wallbox expects to manufacture a total of 290,000 units annually at this facility by 2027, and reach its full capacity of 500,000 units by 2030.
Production is expected to start as early as June 2022, with production lines for Wallbox’s Pulsar Plus AC chargers. Lines for the Quasar DC bidirectional charger and the Supernova public DC fast charger are expected to follow in the first half of 2023.
The Arlington facility will be Wallbox’s fourth manufacturing site, joining two facilities in Europe and one in China. Wallbox operates with a vertically integrated supply chain, and does its product manufacturing in-house, from design to production.
Wallbox selected Arlington for a variety of reasons, including the city’s position as a central transit hub between the East and West coasts, its access to cross-country highway corridors and its proximity to major cities in the region, including Dallas and Fort Worth.
“The US automotive and energy markets are at an inflection point. Automotive electrification will accelerate, which will significantly increase the demand for our EV charging and energy management solutions,” said Enric Asunción, co-founder and CEO 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.”
“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 US 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 US factory is another important milestone to expand our local footprint.”
In June, Wallbox and Kensington Capital Acquisition (NYSE: KCAC) announced a business combination that is expected to result in Wallbox becoming a publicly traded company on the NYSE under the ticker symbol WBX.