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Following the Diesel Gate scandal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing for Volkswagen to manufacture electric cars here in the U.S. as a way to partially make up for its wrongdoings.
This news comes from German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. The paper says that the EPA is "asking VW to produce electric vehicles at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and to help build a network of charging stations for electric vehicles in the United States," according to Reuters.
What's not clear is if the EPA is asking VW to build its existing electric cars here in the U.S. or if the government agency is suggesting to Volkswagen that it brings production of its future electric cars here to the States.
If VW plug-in assembly did come to Chattanooga, we would have to consider Tennessee the capital of EV production in North America as Nissan also has its massive automotive and battery facility set up in nearby Smyrna - some ~110 miles away. Why is Tennessee considered at all for automakers? Tax structure/state incentives of course.
"Talks with the EPA are ongoing and we are not commenting on the contents and state of the negotiations," a VW spokesman said to the Reuters, while the agency itself declined to comment.