In the USA, the first VW ID.4 electric SUV pre-production units have rolled off the assembly line at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga. These are used to test out the assembly process and all related components. Mass production is to start next year.
In a LinkedIn post, the President and CEO at Volkswagen Group of America, Scott Keogh, confirmed the manufacturing validation stage for the ID.4 at the plant. “This early model is a way for us to validate the build process, components, and procedures in advance of full assembly which is scheduled to begin next year. Just as important, it represents our $800 million dollar investment in EV assembly for the region – and our commitment to the high-tech jobs that will keep this facility humming.”
Volkswagen opened the order books for the ID.4 in the USA in June this year. These have to be shipped from Germany. Once mass production processes are up and running at the Chattanooga plant, the electric SUV will be delivered from within the country and therefore improve availability.
Volkswagen America is aiming to compete with combustion engine counterparts such as Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V crossovers rather than other EVs. The ID.4 rollout in the USA includes a base model that goes for around $36,000, as well as an all-wheel-drive variant.
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