As Volkswagen is pushing for global electrification, their plant in Chattanooga has made it back onto the map. VW’s main man for e-mobility, Thomas Ulbrich, mentioned up to three EV models that could be built there. A final decision has yet to be made though.
Volkswagen had announced their strategy to built 26 electric vehicles at 16 sites around the globe back in March reportedly. In the USA, Chattanooga is the most likely to profit from the Roadmap E. Says Ulbrich: “We think there is a natural fit to Chattanooga, but definitely there is no decision so far,” quotes Auto News the VW brand’s executive board member responsible for electric mobility. A decision will be made before the year’s end.
However, Volkswagen has reserved three electric vehicle models for sale in North America. Most likely making the start will be the ID. Crozz, followed by a larger seven-seat SUV perhaps and the much expected ID. Buzz minivan.
Another part of the push for global production of electric vehicles are the recent news of the SAIC-VW joint venture. They have started building a new factory in China to build EVs based on the MEB platform as well as batteries there from 2020.