Volkswagen announced on its official website on Tuesday local time that its 2021 ID.4 electric car has begun production at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant.
Volkswagen has started production of ID.4 electric cars in Tennessee, US, with first deliveries as soon as October
Judging from the news released by Volkswagen on the official website, their Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, the initial production ID.4 is a rear-wheel drive version and a front-wheel drive version equipped with an 82kWh battery. It is equipped with a 62kWh battery and has a reduced cruising range. A wheel-drive version will start production by the end of this year.
Information on Volkswagen’s official website also shows that, in order to produce the ID.4 at its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, they invested $800 million to upgrade the factory and built a dedicated electric vehicle and battery assembly facility for the production of electric vehicles. This plant is also Volkswagen’s sixth electric vehicle production base in the world.
In addition to VW’s own investment, VW’s parts suppliers are also investing heavily in North America to supply VW nearby. Volkswagen said on its official website that in order to produce the ID.4 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, their parts suppliers have invested $2.7 billion in North America and created more than 3,000 jobs.
The ID.4 electric car produced by Volkswagen in the Tennessee plant mainly comes from 11 states in North America, with steel from Alabama and Ohio, interiors from Indiana and South Carolina, and electronic components from Kentucky state and North Carolina, the batteries are supplied by SK Innovations’ plant in Georgia.
While VW has already started producing the ID.4 EV at its Tennessee plant, deliveries will take a while. Volkswagen also said on its official website that the first batch is expected to be delivered as soon as October.
Like other manufacturers, Volkswagen will continue to increase production capacity at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant after starting production of the ID.4 electric vehicle, with the goal of increasing its monthly production capacity to 7,000 vehicles by the end of this year.
And as production increases, so will the need for workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen also said on its official website that they already have more than 4,000 employees at the plant, and they are continuing to recruit more than 1,000 new employees.