Volkswagen Wants To Build Future EVs In America

Industry News

Why bother importing to its potentially biggest EV market?

If you drive a US-market Volkswagen Passat, you’ll be happy to know it was made in America. Chattanooga, Tennessee, to be precise. Turns out this still relatively new production plant has been such a success for the German automaker that it appears it’ll be called upon to build future electric vehicles. Automotive News has an interesting article revealing that VW has begun advertising on social media sites, such as LinkedIn, for job candidates with specific areas of expertise.

They’ll be needed to work on VW’s MED global electric platform, the very platform set to underpin four new EVs slated for the US beginning in 2020. In fact, we already know the names, at least in concept form, of three of the four EVs: I.D. Crozz crossover, I.D. hatchback, and I.D. Buzz microbus. The fourth EV will be a sedan, and all will be on sale by 2025. The Wall Street Journal also learned from VW global brand chief Herbert Diess that “Chattanooga is our first choice” to build these EVs for North America. However, a final decision hasn’t been made. Aside from the Passat, this facility also builds the Atlas crossover. That’s just two models, and Passat sales have been dropping while the Atlas demand has increased.

You Might Also Like
10 Cars That Deserved Better Engines Than They Got
10 Cars That Deserved Better Engines Than They Got
10 Comfortable Coupes That Have Been Lost To Time
10 Comfortable Coupes That Have Been Lost To Time

In other words, Chattanooga is not being utilized to its fullest extent. That also means VW is not getting the maximum return on its investment in its American production operations. Deciding to build those new EVs in Tennessee, therefore, sounds like a no-brainer.

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 BMW X5

After driving the car for the first time, here are our key takeaways.

Watch The BMW M2 Competition Lap The Ring In 7:52

That was supercar territory not long ago.

Kim Jong-un Gets Classy With New Ride

So much for sanctions.

Drifting A 1,000-HP Corvette On Mountain Roads Takes Some Serious Skill

Thought drifting the entire Nurburgring was challenging? Try it in a 1,000-hp Corvette on a mountain road with no safety rails.

Hennessey Heritage Edition Ford Truck Makes More Power Than Anything You’ve Got

This crazy beast is even more powerful than the Ford GT.

Ford Imagines A Future With No Traffic Lights

Stopping at junctions could be a thing of the past in the future.

One-Off Ferrari 330GT Speciale Is A 50-Year-Old Dream Come True

This stunning coachbuilding project is a tribute to legendary Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti.

Students Create 600-HP Honda Civic Hybrid Rallycross Machine

Deep Orange 9 is our kind of school project.

Is The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Way More Powerful Than Advertised?

Jaguar claims the super sedan has 592 horsepower under the hood.

What's Hot

Related Cars

Starting MSRP
$22,440

Related Reviews

2016 Volkswagen Passat Review: Why Germany Will Never Imitate Japanese Cars
Test Drive
11
2016 Volkswagen Passat Review: Why Germany Will Never Imitate Japanese Cars
3 Reasons To Love And Hate A VW Passat Over A Honda Accord
Feature
17
3 Reasons To Love And Hate A VW Passat Over A Honda Accord
2017 Volkswagen Passat Review
Model Overview
0
2017 Volkswagen Passat Review