Volkswagen ID.4, the first electric car of the VW group to be manufactured in the United States

The Volkswagen group has started production of its ID.4 electric SUV in Chattanooga in the state of Tennessee, becoming the company’s first electric vehicle assembled in the United States.

The German company intends to increase the assembly of the ID.4 at the plant to 7,000 vehicles per month during this year, with the aim of continuing to increase production until 2023. The first vehicles will arrive from October 2022.

The ID.4 is the Volkswagen group’s most popular electric model, with 190,000 units delivered to customers worldwide since its launch last year.

The start of production is the result of an investment of 800 million dollars (788.6 million euros at current exchange rates) in electrifying the Chattanooga factory, which includes facilities dedicated to the assembly of vehicles and batteries. The Tennessee plant is now the sixth global center producing vehicles for Volkswagen’s electric range.

This factory employs more than 4,000 people and is actively recruiting more than 1,000 new production team members through 2022, to help meet customer demand for the ID.4 and Atlas family.

Also, to prepare for the transition to electric, the factory has organized more than 75,000 hours of staff training on battery-powered vehicles and high-voltage systems.

Volkswagen has committed to investing $7.1 billion (€6,999.2 million) over the next five years in the North American region to boost its product portfolio, regional R&D and manufacturing capabilities. The firm aims for 55% of US sales to be all-electric by 2030.

Initially, the US-assembled ID.4 will be available in 82 kWh battery with rear or four-wheel drive. Additionally, a rear-wheel drive version with a 62 kWh battery will go into production in late 2022.

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