Tennessee Likely To Be Home To Volkswagen’s U.S.-Built Electric Cars




Volkswagen I.D. Buzz at IAA 2017 (Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

It’s looking increasingly clear that Volkswagen’s U.S. electric car venture will secure its roots in Chattanooga, Tennesse.

Volkswagen has set a goal to sell one million electric cars worldwide by 2025. The automaker plans to release three to four of these models — all utilizing its new MEB global electric vehicle architecture — around 2020. Models are to include the I.D. Crozz crossover, I.D. Buzz retro-microbus, the originally reveal I.D. concept (which is a hatchback), and some form of sedan (or perhaps two).


Volkswagen I.D. Crozz

Brand CEO Herbert Diess mentioned a month ago that the Tennesse location is VW’s first choice for North American EVs, though nothing was set in stone. However, according to Automotive News, the automaker is already posting job positions specific to the MEB platform for its Chattanooga plant.

The plant is currently underutilized, despite the fact that it employs about 3,500 workers on two shifts. Only two vehicles are built in Chattanooga at the moment; the Atlas and Passat. The Atlas is built on VW’s global MQB platform, and while the Passat is not, its 2019 redesign will bring it over to the same platform. This being said, the automaker can use the same assembly lines for MQB and MEB vehicles.

This new shared-platform strategy could help VW to make electric vehicles at a decreased expense. It would also help reap the benefits of company’s 2011 billion-dollar investment toward the plant. Additionally, it seems as though Volkswagen could implement this plan without having to invest much more capital. Volkswagen of America CEO, Hinrich Woebcken, shared:

Volkswagen I.D.

“Electric mobility for the whole industry is an exciting question, but we believe our plan of getting electric mobility for millions, and not just for millionaires, is the right approach.”

AutoPacific senior analyst, Dave Sullivan, told Automotive News:

“Chattanooga is highly underutilized …

If VW’s plant can mimic Nissan’s Smyrna plant — building a sedan, crossover and an EV under the same roof — they will be well on their way towards increased capacity utilization.”

Source: Automotive News

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16 Comments on "Tennessee Likely To Be Home To Volkswagen’s U.S.-Built Electric Cars"

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Not much competition from VW in 2018 and 2019.

They are building a whole new platform, wouldn’t make much sense to now release an e-Passat or something for just two years.

“We make the future real”….rotflmao…In your dreams VW!.. Propaganda Nothing more..

If only electric cars had been around 6-10 years ago! But of course BEV’s have been around for a decade! Building a whole new platform does take years, it does not take a decade! Dieselgate finally pushed VW over to he EV’s. I am happy VW is moving forward, but not impressed by their progress.

Market share, market share, market share.

There’s a reason “nothing was set in stone”.

Hey VW please hire from coal country they need to work.

Nissan’s Smyrna plant in central TN is a great employment generator in the region. It’s great to see VW move in to eastern TN.

Although Chattanooga is technically in coal country, the economy has been far more diverse in recent years. Lots of high tech, colleges, etc. in that area now.

It’s also near the dying carpet industry in Ga. Good news for jobs there.

I find the I.D. Buzz to be one of the most exciting EVs on the horizon.

If well executed, it could easily sell several hundred thousand units per year.

..oh just stop.

They are not going to sell much if these cars are big in the price and small in the interior. Why don’t they try something more simple, like a just a dumb sedan or crossover, but that works, then move to these more “adventurous” designs? Tesla and Chevrolet are doing this way and they are doing really well like that.

There will be at least 10 global manufacturers selling a million BEV by 2025.

Tennessee does not offer any state tax incentives for EVs, and the state imposes a $100 EV registration fee, in addition to the regular $26.50 car fee. Why is VW building EVs in a state that punishes EV buyers ?

Because they have an under utilised factory there? 1 shift for EV’s, hardly going to put a dent in that 1mil EV goal.

“electric mobility for millions, and not just for millionaires”, very funny. Tesla started with EV’s for millionaires to get their business started. Now they are onto the next phase to provide EV’s at a mass market price. They have never stated to go as low as the Micra market, but then I would say VW has anything in that low price range either (maybe one of their sub brands?).