Volkswagen broke ground on its long planned EV factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee this week. The $800 million facility will manufacture electric cars based on the company’s new MEB platform, with the first cars scheduled to roll off the line in 2022. (Yes, we know. Tesla could build a new factory and start production in half the time, but we are going to focus on the good news that VW is putting its shoulder to the wheel to get EV production started in the United States.) The company says the first vehicle built at the new factory will be an SUV model but did not offer any further details.
While the new factory has been planned for almost a year, TechCrunch reports there was a surprise announcement during the groundbreaking ceremonies. Volkswagen says a portion of the new 564,000 square foot factory will be devoted to making battery packs. We don’t know at the moment what company will supply the battery cells for the US-made cars.
“This is a big, big moment for this company,” said Scott Keogh, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. “Expanding local production sets the foundation for our sustainable growth in the U.S. Electric vehicles are the future of mobility and Volkswagen will build them for millions, not just millionaires. “
The new factory will add about 1,000 new jobs to the local economy. The company already builds the Atlas SUV and Passat sedan in Chattanooga.
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