Volkswagen announced at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show that the automaker is investing $800 million into building electric vehicles in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Scott Keogh, CEO and president of VW Group of America with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam stood together while announcing the investment new. The automaker will put the money into its assembly plant, building a new electric vehicle and adding 1,000 new jobs in the area. Haslam said, “The shift toward electric vehicles is a trend that can be seen worldwide, and Volkswagen’s decision to locate its first North American EV manufacturing facility in Chattanooga underscores Tennessee’s manufacturing strength and highly-skilled workforce. We obviously think electric vehicles are going to play a more and more prominent role.”
The first electric vehicle will be a production version of VW’s ID Cross crossover. It is planned to be available in 2022. The MEB platform expects several more electric vehicles, including ID Buzz that will be inspired by the VW’s popular vintage vans. MED production will begin before the end of 2019. VW forecasts that it will sell 150,000 EVs worldwide by 2020. By 2025, VW plans to build one million electric vehicles each year.
VW is building its first EV production facility in Zwickau, Germany in addition to Chattanooga. Volkswagen plans EV-production at facilities in Anting and Foshan, in China, starting in 2020. They will be adding production in the German cities of Eden and Hanover by 2022. China is the world’s largest market for EVs, followed by the United States.
Written by: Andee Oehm
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