The manufacturer is now building the ID.4 in Tennessee.
Anyone who purchased a 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 (or any previous model years) before now in the United States received a car that was built in Zwickau, Germany. But as part of an $800 million investment into its Chattanooga factory in Tennessee, the ID.4 will now be assembled in America.
Chattanooga was previously home to the Passat and currently the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport. The factory added the capacity to build 7,000 EVs per month by the end of this year with plans to further increase production through 2023.
"We're just starting to write a new chapter for Volkswagen in America, and it is very much an American story," said Thomas Schafer, Chairman of the global Volkswagen brand. "When we promised to bring Volkswagen EVs to the millions, it always included American workers building those EVs right there in Chattanooga. We couldn't be prouder to see that vision realized today with our ID.4 electric flagship rolling off the lines."
"This is another milestone in Volkswagen's ambitious electrification strategy for the US market and globally," he added.
US buyers will have a choice between a rear-wheel- or all-wheel-drive ID.4 with an 82 kWh battery pack (the same as last year's model). The 82 kWh pack enables up to 260 miles of range in RWD form or up to 249 miles in AWD.
Later this year, VW will produce a smaller battery version with a 62 kWh pack. As promised over a year ago, this ID.4 variant will arrive sporting a lower price tag below the current 2022 ID.4 Pro ($41,230). No official pricing, range, or performance metrics were provided for this new model.
VW is proud to say the ID.4 is now an American-built product, and not only because of its final assembly location. The materials and components are sourced from 11 US states, including steel from Alabama and Ohio, interior pieces from Indiana and South Carolina, electronics from Kentucky and North Carolina, and a battery from SK Innovation in Georgia.
Compare this to the Ford Mustang Mach-E, which is built in Mexico and contains only 15% US/Canadian parts content.
In addition to the ID.4, VW plans to build more EVs in America. These include a fastback sedan - likely the ID.Aero - the ID. Buzz in 2024, and "new electric SUVs" in 2026.
By 2030, 55% of the company's US sales will be all-electric.