Volkswagen has started producing the ID.4 electric SUV in the US at its production facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This makes the ID.4 electric SUV the first EV to be manufactured and sold in the US
The ID.4 electric SUV first entered production lines for the mass market in 2020 and is available in the three largest automotive markets in the world, namely Europe, North America and China.
Prior to this, buyers in the US had purchased imported ID.4 even though the German auto giant had assembly facilities and a battery factory in the US.
To be able to produce EVs, Volkswagen spent $800 million at the Chattanooga plant with a production target of 7,000 units per month. ID.4 has sold 190,000 units globally.
The parts used are also made in the US such as SK Innovation which makes batteries in Georgia. The Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga employs more than 4,000 workers and plans to employ more than 1,000 more to meet producing ID.4.
The factory will launch the first ID.4 in October 2022 with a RWD or AWD version of the car using an 82 kWh battery. In the future, the Chattanooga factory will also produce a RWD version with a smaller 62 kWh battery.