Volkswagen, a German carmaker, has just announced plans to build battery packs in Tennessee. As part of the $800 million investment, it plans to build an electric vehicle plant in Chattanooga, in the southeastern part of the state, creating 1,000 new jobs. The large facility has been designated by VOLKSWAGEN as a North American production site for all future electric vehicles, although VW will also operate similar plants in Germany and in China.
(From: VW, via Cnet)
The VW Chattanooga electric vehicle plant is understood to cover 564,000 square feet (about 524,000 square meters) to accommodate the production of pure electric or hybrid models.
Both can be flexible on the same production line, while the battery pack plant will add an additional 198,000 square feet (approximately 184,000 square meters) of floor space.
The first model produced at the plant will be a mass production version of the ID Crozz concept car (or ID 4). The electric SUV project will start next year, assemble in Germany and then export to the United States. However, by the end of the project in 2022, electric SUV models will also be moved to North America for production.
In recent years, the traditional German car has been actively looking for transformation, constantly rolling out and expanding its electric car lineup in the U.S., including the reborn Microbus and the upcoming ID Space Vizzion concept electric van.
VW confirmed that the latter will be sold in North America in some form, and other possible mass-producing models include the ID Vizzion sedan, the ID Roomz cross-border SUV, and the ID Buggy.
Meanwhile, VW will continue to produce Passat sedans and Atlas SUVs at the plant, and the new Atlas Cross Sport will begin production before it is launched next year.