Volkswagen begins production of the US ID.4 in Chattanooga, Tennessee

German automaker Volkswagen has announced the start of production of its all-electric ID.4 SUV at its manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This production start cements the ID.4 as the first Volkswagen EV to be manufactured and sold in the United States.

Volkswagen’s ID.4 began production in late 2020 as the first all-electric SUV crossover to wear the Volkswagen badge. Originally promoted as an EV for “millions, not millionaires,” this massive market vehicle has found a home to a number of consumers across Europe, North America and China.

However, for existing North American customers, the ID.4 has remained an import because Volkswagen had never before manufactured any electric vehicles on US soil, despite having a massive manufacturing facility in Tennessee and planning a second US facility as well as a new battery cell plant.

Although the Volkswagen Group has had a recent shake-up of executives in its North American and global offices, it is moving forward in the United States, where it began producing the hugely popular ID.4.

Volkswagen’s current production facility is in Chattanooga, Tennessee / Source: Volkswagen Group

Volkswagen ID.4 production starts with 7000 EVs per month

According to a press release from the Volkswagen Group, the ID.4 is officially underway in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The move is the result of Volkswagen’s investment of $800 million in the Chattanooga facility to support electrification and production of battery packs.

Chattanooga now joins five other Volkswagen locations around the world that currently manufacture electric vehicles. According to the automaker, the ID.4 remains the best-selling BEV to date, with 190,000 delivered worldwide to date.

With production starting here in the US, Volkswagen plans to reach production of around 7,000 Iraqi dinars.

We’re just beginning to write a new chapter for Volkswagen in America, and it’s very much an American story. When we promised to bring electric Volkswagen cars to the millions, it always included the American workers who make those electric vehicles right there in Chattanooga. We couldn’t be more proud to see this vision come true today with the launch of our ID.4 electric flagship. This is another milestone in Volkswagen’s ambitious electrification strategy for the US and global market.

The components in the new ID.4s assembled by Volkswagen will be supplied primarily in North America and, more specifically, 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 reports that 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 high customer demand for the ID.

North American customers can expect to see deliveries of US-built ID.4 vehicles as early as October, starting with the RWD or AWD versions of the EV equipped with the 82 kWh battery pack. RWD versions of the ID.4 with a smaller 62 kWh battery will begin production in the US later this year.

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