Volkswagen gearing upfor plug-in vehicles by 2020

by Michel Deslauriers . Feb 08 2019
VolkswagenVolkswagen’s first electric vehicles based on its new MEB platform will go on sale in Canada in 2020.

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Volkswagen’s first electric vehicles based on its new MEB platform will go on sale in Canada in 2020.

German automaker Volkswagen will invest US$800 million in its existing facility in Chattanooga, Tenn., in order to build electric vehicles for the North American market. According to the company, this expansion will create 1,000 additional jobs at the plant and more for outside suppliers.

“The U.S. is one of the most important locations for us, and producing electric cars in Chattanooga is a key part of our growth strategy in North America,” Volkswagen AG CEO Herbert Diess said.

The brand’s first electric vehicles based on its new MEB platform will go on sale in Canada in 2020, but production of these vehicles in Tennessee won’t begin before 2022. In the meantime, vehicles will likely be shipped to North America from Volkswagen’s EV production facility in Zwickau, Germany, scheduled to start cranking out cars by the end of 2019. The company will also set up more EV assembly plants in China and in Germany in the next few years.

The first model of Volkswagen’s I.D. electric vehicle family will be a production version of the I.D. CROZZ concept SUV. The company will then launch a multipurpose vehicle based on the I.D. BUZZ concept. The Volkswagen brand expects to sell 150,000 EVs worldwide by 2020 and one million units by 2025.

— LC Media