Just more than three-and-a-half years after declaring its intent to build electric vehicles in the U.S., workers at Volkswagen’s Tennessee factory are now officially making the automaker’s all-electric compact SUV. The Chattanooga plant became the sixth Volkswagen factory worldwide to assemble electric vehicles with the start of production on the ID.4, the first Volkswagen EV to be produced in the U.S. The plant expects to expand production to approximately 7,000 vehicles per month later in 2022 and begin deliveries as early as October; output would continue to grow through 2023.
The first ID.4s off the line in Chattanooga will be either rear- or all-wheel-drive versions with 82-kilowatt-hour batteries. A lower-cost rear-wheel-drive version with a 62-kilowatt-hour battery will go into production later this year.
The company said materials and components for the SUV — part of a $2.7 billion investment by ID.4 suppliers — come from 11 states, including steel from Ohio and Alabama and electronics from North Carolina and Kentucky. SK Innovation’s Georgia factory will provide the car’s batteries.