As some automobile manufacturers continue to move towards electric vehicles, Volkswagen makes its latest commitments right here in our state of Tennessee. This past November, Volkswagen broke ground in Tennessee on a new Battery Engineering Lab.
The lab is being erected at the Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where Volkswagen Chattanooga is working on an expansion on its electric vehicle production and has a battery pack assembly facility under construction. This Chattanooga plant forms the center for all of Volkswagen’s electric vehicle engineering and production in North America.
Volkswagen already has two other labs of this type as part of its global footprint. The Chattanooga location will be the site of production for the first-ever, all-electric SUV from the manufacturer, the ID.4 EV, as well as other electric vehicles supported by an estimated $800 million investment in electric vehicle production in the states. Expansions at the Chattanooga factory should create over 1,000 additional jobs in the state of Tennessee.
EV production at Volkswagen Chattanooga should begin in 2022. For now, the local plant assembles familiar favorites including the Volkswagen Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport SUVs, as well as the Volkswagen Passat sedan. The Engineering and Planning Center tests the vehicles, and supplies engineering assistance to the plant.
For Volkswagen and many other manufacturers, the future of the automobile is electric. The new Battery Engineering Lab should, in time, result in even better EVs being sold at Gossett VW of Germantown in Memphis, Tennessee.