Volkswagen breaks ground on expansion for electric vehicle production in United States
Topics: VOLKSWAGEN ELECTRIC VEHICLE
The Chattanooga site, where production begins in 2022, will be Volkswagen's North American assembly base for electric vehicles on the Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB).
The company also announced it intends to build a plant for the assembly of battery packs for EVs at the Chattanooga site.
Volkswagen began long-range EV production of ID.3 earlier this month in Zwickau, Germany, and will then roll out assembly worldwide, including in Anting and Foshan, in China, in 2020.
By 2022, MEB vehicles are to be produced at eight locations on three continents.
The Chattanooga site will be VW's North-American hub for EV manufacturing.
Volkswagen’s investment of about $800 million in the Chattanooga facility will require the addition of about 1,000 jobs.
Production is set to begin in Chattanooga in 2022.
First model will be a SUV of ID. family.
The expansion of the plant includes a 564,000-square-foot addition to the body shop.
The company also announced it intends to build a plant for the assembly of battery packs for EVs at the Chattanooga site. ■