Slovakia manufactures the highest number of vehicles per capita – and by that, it can be claimed that the country, and its capital, Bratislava, is an auto superpower.
In recent years, Slovakia has grown to become one of the leading car producers in the world, primarily due to the presence of the many automotive companies being established in the country. In addition to the country’s largest producer, Volkswagen Slovakia in Bratislava, which began operating in the early 90s, the following plants have also opened factories in Slovakia: Kia Motors Slovakia, PSA Peugeot Citroen Slovakia in Trnava and a new Jaguar and Land Rover factory will open in Nitra. Alongside car manufacturers, Bratislava is also known for its innovation, thanks to suppliers of the optoelectronic, robotics and software sectors. The automotive sector also generates a lot of events and is helping Bratislava become more attractive for car launches.
While one might think that only automotive plants have been developed in recent years, it should be noted that one of the important activities of the modern automotive industry is also the development of e-Mobility in Slovakia. Research and development activities and results in the field of electric vehicles have been carried out at Slovak universities such as the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, the Technological University in Košice and the University of Žilina.
The renowned Slovak companies, GreenWay and Voltia, are great examples of the country’s innovation and execution. GreenWay operates the biggest network for charging electric vehicles in Slovakia. One of the major benefits of GreenWay is its coverage, since its fast charging stands are conveniently located near motorway exits and other major roads, so drivers can spend their time efficiently while their vehicles are charging. Are you wondering how long you will have to wait to charge your electric vehicle?Luckily, GreenWay’s fast charging stations are some of the most modern and fastest on the European market and it takes only 25 minutes to charge an electric vehicle enough to be able to reach the next GreenWay charging station, or beyond. Voltia, on the other hand, is a company that adapts vehicles for city deliveries – a sector whose fast growth is driven by e-commerce. It provides all the support, expertise and assistance that companies need to switch their 2-3.5t light commercial vehicle fleets to electric.
The automotive industry is a driving force of the Slovak economy, creating over 200,000 direct and indirect jobs.
While being a visitor or a local to the city of Bratislava, take part in Bratislava’s unique urban project: “up! city”. The Volkswagen brand wants to bring the new sustainable forms of mobility to visitors and the city’s residents, and to become a leader in this field. Many e-mobility concepts are being developed, and the very first purely electric driven vehicle (Volkswagen e-up!) was produced in Bratislava! Read more about the project here – and do remember, when in Bratislava, do as locals do!