Volkswagen Now Building Electric SUVs in America

By
Laurance Yap
Updated:
Oct 2022
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2
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Volkswagen has started building the all-electric ID.4 SUV at its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee – the first all-electric Volkswagen to be assembled in the United States. The factory will produce up to 7,000 electric vehicles a month.
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First Volkswagen EV Made in the USA

July 26 marked the start of a significant era in Volkswagen’s history. That’s when the company started building the all-electric ID.4 SUV at its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee – the first all-electric Volkswagen to be assembled in the United States.

Introduced in the U.S. early in 2022, the ID.4 has become the most popular all-electric model in Volkswagen’s global lineup – with 190,000 units delivered globally. In the U.S. and Canada, the ID.4 has been a strong seller. Most dealers are sold out of the ID.4, with waiting lists of customers eager to switch to the new electric VW. The additional production capacity of up to 7,000 vehicles a month from Chattanooga will help get more electric cars into more drivers’ hands faster – and Volkswagen plans to increase production further in 2023.

New Entry Level Model

Initially, the American-assembled ID.4 will be available in either rear-wheel- or all-wheel-drive versions with a large 82-kWh battery. In addition, a rear-wheel-drive version with a 62-kWh battery will go into production later in 2022, with a lower MSRP.

Beyond being constructed in the U.S., the ID.4 will be built from components primarily sourced in the United States as well. It includes materials and components assembled in 11 U.S. states, from steel in Alabama and Ohio, to interior parts in Indiana and South Carolina, and electronics components in Kentucky and North Carolina. The EV battery will be supplied by SK Innovation located in Georgia.

More Than 1,000 New Hires

Volkswagen spent $800 million to upgrade the Chattanooga factory to produce electric cars, including dedicated facilities for vehicle and battery pack assembly. The factory in Tennessee is now the sixth global site to produce vehicles for Volkswagen’s electric line-up. More than 3,000 U.S. jobs on supplier side have been created.  

Volkswagen Chattanooga employs more than 4,000 people, and is actively hiring more than 1,000 new production team members through 2022, to help meet customer demand for the ID.4 and Atlas SUV – which is also built in Chattanooga.

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