VW Mulling Over Chattanooga To Produce Three EVs

OCT 25 2018 BY MARK KANE 23

Three electric Volkswagens to be produced in North America

Volkswagen intends to produce three new electric cars, based on the MEB platform, in North America. Speculations about Mexico were downplayed, which inclines us to assume that the choice will be the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee.

The decision about expanding Chattanooga to handle new BEVs (or about an all-new plant) is to be made by the end of this year.

The obvious model choice for North America seems to be:

The first plant to produce Volkswagen I.D. and derivatives to be Zwickau, Germany (from November 2019 at earliest).

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23 Comments on "VW Mulling Over Chattanooga To Produce Three EVs"

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scott

VW is a giant dumpster fire of lies. The sooner they go out of business, the better.

ffbj

Bring hotdogs and scotch.

Cypress

Nah, bratwurst and beer.

Cypress

That would be bad for the adoption of EVs.

wavelet

Lately there seem to be more and more photos accompanying articles without captions.
In a short article about possible VW production in the existing Chattanooga plant, I’d expect a picture of that plant, not one of Venice Beach, let alone an unlabeled pic of Venice.
Pls change your editorial policy on this — thanks (-:

ffbj

Well, they are promotional shots from VW, who would like to recapture the glory days when VW micro busses and bugs
where all over the place in CA.
Unlike VW CA is considered to be forward looking, and with it. So you highlight your future cars in that environment.
It’s Marshall McLuhan stuff. The media is the message.

wavelet

What does that have to do with the price of tea in China? I didn’t ask why _VW_ chose Venice beach as a backdrop, I asked why InsideEVs didn’t label the pic and why they chose that one.

I’ve been to Venice beach once, and saw the article(s) on the I.D. cars with photos, but and didn’t immediately recognize the pic; it shouldn’t be a guessing game.
Whatever reasoning, a caption is still clearly required (the pic was also uncredited).

Bunny

Will be good to see them made in the USA.

John Doe

They will make models for international export there as well. Some models may only be made at this factory, and shipped all over the world. I read in two different newspapers about the investment in Tennessee.

HansBlix

Not to China 😉

G2

…or, obviously, Europe.

John Doe

They will export to Europe, unless taxes/tolls make it to costly to do so.

AP

More German BS.

Quiviran

They could start thinking about their battery sources.

Cypress

They have put out billions of dollars worth of battery orders, so yeah, they are thinking about it.

DAVID

Latest news is VW planning o build their own battery cell factory.

Henry

Are they going to use EPA or WLTP range (or NEDC even) to advertise their EVs ? I’m sure our local honest and creative VW car salesmen will find a way to enlighten their customers with these ranges.

G2

Isn’t NEDC officially verbotten now?

antrik

Not yet. Next year.

(Also, it “verboten”.)

David H

They will use what is legally binding in the area they market the car. And – like all car makers – they will take the one that looks best for them, if possible. Tesla for example still uses NEDC range in germany (resulting in 380 miles for Model S).

antrik

Tesla doesn’t have a choice on that matter in Europe. The regulation says NEDC till the end of the year, WLTP after that.

Ziv

So US production of VW BEVs is 2020 at the earliest? It is looking increasingly like Tesla has another 2 full years of just about no competition while they build their brand equity and sales. Every other car maker has offerings that are too short legged to appeal to large numbers of buyers, or the cars have cramped back seats or are too ugly to really shine in the sales department. Maybe the Koreans will build and sell a BEV that is worth buying, and do so in large numbers, but it sure seems like the European and Japanese auto makers won’t, and other than Tesla, neither will the US automakers.

John Doe

Audi will start deliveries faster, probably due to a higher margin. VW is supposed to be very aggressive with prices, and I’m sure they have done a lot of calculations regarding prices, when their suppliers are ready, and they can make it, and still make a profit.
Will be interesting to see. The Norwegian Audi boss said they have made many cars for Norway all ready, and will deliver a lot early next year.
It’s good that EV production grows in volume. Hopefully we’ll see a global production of 5 million EVs a year in 2025.