VW begins ID.4 manufacturing in Tennessee, promising lower-cost EVs

VW begins ID.4 manufacturing in Tennessee, promising lower-cost EVs

The Volkswagen ID.4 electric crossover SUV is currently being manufactured in the German automaker’s Chattanooga, Tennessee vehicle facility. It is the company’s first EV to be built in the United States, indicating that a more economical version of the ID.4 is on the way.

VW said it wants to increase output at its Chattanooga plant to 7,000 cars per month “later this year,” with the objective of increasing to 10,000 vehicles per month by 2023. The first client deliveries are scheduled to begin in October 2022.

The ID.4 is VW’s most popular EV, with 190,000 cars supplied to consumers worldwide since its debut in 2021. VW CEO Herbert Diess, who is retiring in September, said in May 2022 that the business was “essentially sold out on electric cars in Europe and the US” for the year.

VW said that starting ID.4 manufacturing in Chattanooga would assist with supply issues. According to a spokeswoman, the business has “a solid amount of reservations for the ID.4 now, and localized assembly should assist us to fulfill those orders.”

Another reason this news is relevant is the pricing. When the ID.4 was initially introduced in 2020, the basic model ID.4 was scheduled to start at $40,000, however that price was eventually increased to $41,230. The business said that its ID.4s built in the United States will start at $35,000 — or $27,500 with the federal tax credit. However, whether that is still the case is uncertain; a VW representative said that the price would be released shortly.

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