Production of the all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 is officially underway at the company’s new electric car factory in Chattanooga, TN.
Production at the new VW factory in Tennessee officially began in late July, and — with the first of the brand’s electric ID.4 models completed stateside now heading to dealers — these are very exciting times for Volkswagen and its US dealers.
“We’re just starting to write a new chapter for Volkswagen in America, and it is very much an American story,” said Thomas Schäfer, Chairman of the global Volkswagen brand. “When we promised to bring Volkswagen EVs to the millions, it always included American workers building those EVs right there in Chattanooga. We couldn’t be prouder to see that vision realized today with our ID.4 electric flagship rolling off the lines. This is another milestone in Volkswagen’s ambitious electrification strategy for the U.S. market and globally.”
The official start of production is the culmination of Volkswagen’s $800 million investment into the electrification of its Chattanooga factory, which included adding dedicated facilities for vehicle and battery pack assembly, making Tennessee the sixth global site to produce electric vehicles for Volkswagen — of which, the brand has sold several hundred thousand, with the ID.4 leading the way with more than 190,000 total sales (and counting!).
“There has been a tremendous effort by thousands of VW Chattanooga employees to bring this vision to life,” said Chris Glover, President and CEO, Volkswagen Chattanooga Operations, LLC. “I’d like to thank all our highly motivated team members and the extended community of Chattanooga for supporting us as we begin assembly of the ID.4 for the North American market.”
Volkswagen has committed $7.1 billion to be invested in North American regional R&D and manufacturing capabilities, advancing the brand’s plans for “at least” 55 percent of its US sales to be fully electric by 2030 — but there’s even more good news: you can test drive one of VW’s new ID.4 electric crossovers at one of the Electrify Expo events coming soon to a region near you!
Volkswagen ID.4 is Made in the USA
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