Volkswagen has announced that its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant will serve as its North American base for manufacturing electric vehicles (EVs).
The German automaker’s EV expansion will include an investment of $800 million into the Chattanooga facility and create 1,000 jobs at the plant, plus additional jobs at suppliers. EV production at the site will begin in 2022.
“The US 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,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG.
Volkswagen estimates selling 150,000 EVs by 2020 worldwide, increasing that number to 1 million by 2025.
Seven States Power Corp. Vice President Betsey Kirk McCall said that when VW’s new EVs hit the road, 7SPC-installed chargers will be ready.
“Seven States is pleased to see Volkswagen add EVs to its line of vehicles made in Chattanooga,” she said, “because EVs are the future, and that future is now.
“We’ve recently installed EV chargers at our Chattanooga location and are working on expanding that reach. Seven States will continue to focus on serving its members with similarly forward-looking products and services,” McCall said.