German automaker Volkswagen has announced the start of production of its ID.4 all-electric SUV at its manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This production start solidifies the ID.4 as the first Volkswagen electric vehicle built and sold in the United States.
Volkswagen’s ID.4 began production in late 2020 as the first all-electric VW-badged crossover SUV. Originally marketed as an electric vehicle “for the millions, not the millionaires”, this mainstream vehicle has found its way to a number of consumers in Europe, North America and China.
However, for current North American customers, the ID.4 has remained an import as Volkswagen has never manufactured EVs on US soil, despite a massive manufacturing plant in Tennessee and plans for a second US plant. in addition to a new battery cell factory.
Although the Volkswagen Group recently saw a reshuffle of the leadership of its North American and global offices, it is continuing its path in the United States, launching the production launch of the very popular ID.4.
Production of the Volkswagen ID.4 begins with 7,000 electric vehicles per month
According to a Volkswagen Group press release, production of the ID.4 is officially underway in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The move is the result of VW’s $800 million investment in the Chattanooga plant to support spaces dedicated to electrification and battery production.
Chattanooga now joins five other Volkswagen sites around the world that currently manufacture electric vehicles. According to the automaker, the ID.4 remains its best-selling BEV to this day, with 190,000 units delivered worldwide to date.
As production begins here in the United States, Volkswagen expects to reach production of around 7,000 ID.4s per month later this year, and then the company will continue to ramp up through 2023. Thomas Schäfer, President of the Volkswagen Global Brand, said:
We’re just beginning to write a new chapter for Volkswagen in America, and it’s truly an American story. When we promised to bring Volkswagen electric vehicles to millions, it always included American workers who build these electric vehicles there in Chattanooga. We couldn’t be prouder to see that vision come to fruition today with our electric flagship ID.4 rolling off the lines. This is another step in Volkswagen’s ambitious electrification strategy for the US and global market.
The components of the new ID.4s assembled by Volkswagen will come mainly from North America, more precisely from the United States. This includes steel from Alabama and Ohio, interior parts from Indiana and South Carolina, and electronics from Kentucky and North Carolina. The EV batteries will come from SK Innovation in Georgia.
Volkswagen said it currently employs more than 4,000 people in Chattanooga and is in the process of hiring more than 1,000 new production members this year to help meet strong customer demand for the ID .4.
North American customers can expect to see deliveries of US-built ID.4s as early as October, starting with RWD or AWD versions of the EV equipped with the 82 kWh battery. RWD versions of the ID.4 with the smaller 62 kWh battery will begin production in the United States later this year.
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