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Volkswagen of America has marked the start of production of its all-electric ID.4 compact SUV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the company’s first electric vehicle assembled in the US. VW aims to ramp up ID.4 assembly in the facility to 7,000 vehicles per month later this year, with the goal to further increase output through 2023.

Consumers can expect vehicles to be delivered as early as October 2022.

Initially, the American-assembled ID.4 will be available in either rear-wheel- or all-wheel-drive 82kWh battery form.

In addition, a rear-wheel-drive version with a 62kWh battery will go into production later in 2022, with a lower MSRP.

As part of the preparation to launch the ID.4, suppliers have invested $2.7 billion throughout the North American continent, including the battery partnership with SK Innovation.

More than 3,000 US jobs on supplier side have been created.

The ID.4 is Volkswagen Group’s most popular all-electric model, with 190,000 units delivered to customers globally since its launch in 2021.

Thomas Schäfer, Chairman of the global Volkswagen brand, says: “We’re just starting to write a new chapter for Volkswagen in America, and it is very much an American story. When we promised to bring Volkswagen EVs to the millions, it always included American workers building those EVs right there in Chattanooga. We couldn’t be prouder to see that vision realized today with our ID.4 electric flagship rolling off the lines. This is another milestone in Volkswagen’s ambitious electrification strategy for the U.S. market and globally.”

“There has been a tremendous effort by thousands of VW Chattanooga employees to bring this vision to life,” adds Chris Glover, President and CEO, Volkswagen Chattanooga Operations, LLC. “I’d like to thank all our highly motivated team members and the extended community of Chattanooga for supporting us as we begin assembly of the ID.4 for the North American market.”

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VW will advance its electric line-up through 2030, including the American assembled ID.4 in 2022, a fastback sedan and the ID. Buzz electric microbus in 2024, and new electric SUVs from 2026.

It aims for 55 percent of U.S. sales to be fully electric by 2030.


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