VW has announced that it will build its upcoming electric vehicles at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. VW plans to invest $800 million and add an additional 1,000 jobs at its US plant to produce the new EVs, like the production version of the I.D. Crozz electric SUV.
The Chattanooga plant already produces the VW Atlas and Passat vehicles, but starting in 2022, the plant will be tasked with producing the new electric SUV.
“The US is one of the most important locations for us and producing electric cars in Chattanooga is a key part of our growth strategy in North America,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG. “The management team, led by Scott Keogh, is committed to continuing to increase our market share in the coming years. Together with our ongoing investments and this increase in local production, we are strengthening the foundation for sustainable growth of the Volkswagen brand in the US.”
VW is also building a new plant in Zwickau, Germany that will start building its new MEB (modular electric toolkit chassis) vehicles at the end of 2019. It will also add EV-production at plants in Anting and Foshan, in China, in 2020, and in the German cities of Emden and Hanover by 2022.