Volkswagen revealed plans to add equipment for electric cars to its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant. The German automaker announced plans at its US plant to build cells and battery packs.
The German automaker has been working hard to build the electric cars of the next decade, based on the MEB architecture. Most of the testing occurred in Germany, where Volkswagen had already turned a plant to manufacture electric cars.
They plan to bring their MEB electric vehicles to the United States by 2022 and produce them there. They are also now building a new electric car factory adjacent to their current Chattanooga site. Now the German firm says it will also be developing EVs in the region.
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Volkswagen opened a new Chattanooga Innovation and Planning Center which will “design and test cells and battery packs for electric vehicles”:
The Engineering and Planning Center of Volkswagen in Chattanooga will shortly host a special, state-of-the-art high-voltage facility designed to build and test electric car cells and battery packs for future vehicles built in the United States.
The Vice President of Technology at Volkswagen of America, Wolfgang Maluche said: Automotive companies are approaching the development of electric vehicle batteries in two ways. Some of them will farm the production and testing of batteries to another company and others will simply do the job of in-house development and testing. The following we do.
VW said they’re planning to break ground “early”. And the new facility will “be completely operational by spring 2021”. It’s being built on site alongside VW’s factory of electric vehicles.
In early 2022 the factory will begin manufacturing the ID.4.
The VW ID.4 will be a compact SUV, about the size of the Tesla Model Y. With a range of more than 250 miles and a starting price of about $40,000.
Shortly afterwards it is hoped an electric VW minibus will follow.