Volkswagen ID.4 production starts in United States
Volkswagen has announced that the US production of the all-electric ID.4 vehicle has begun. The car is now being manufactured at the company’s Chattanooga factory, with Volkswagen planning to deliver the first vehicles from the site in October. This makes the ID.4, VW’s most popular EV, the first vehicle from the brand to be made in the US.
By the end of the year, the company hopes to be producing 7,000 cars per month from the Tennessee facility, increasing this further in 2023. The company has invested US$800 million to electrify its Chattanooga factory to make it VW’s sixth EV production facility. Volkswagen has said it plans to expand its line-up of American assembled EVs shortly, adding the ID. Buzz in 2024 and new SUVs in 2026.
The first EVs from the US assembly line include rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive cars equipped with an 82 kWh battery. Later this year, a cheaper 62 kWh battery version of the rear-wheel-drive model will go into production.
For context, the latest ID.4 Pro model can travel for up to 275 miles (~443 km) on a single charge of its 82 kWh battery, with a 10-minute boost from a public fast charger adding 70 miles (~113 km) to your range. The EV can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (~100 kph) in 8.5 seconds, with a top speed of 99 mph (~159 kph). The rear-wheel-drive EV has a 150 kW 201 hp motor that delivers up to 229 lb-ft (~310 Nm) of torque.