Volkswagen Begins ID.4 Production in the U.S.

German automaker Volkswagen officially built its first electric vehicle (EV) in the U.S. this week, preparing to ramp up production in the coming months.

Volkswagen began assembling the ID.4 EV at its new Chattanooga, Tennessee factory on Tuesday, according to a press release shared by the automaker.

The first ID.4 EVs are expected to be delivered as soon as October 2022, and the automaker is currently hiring over 1,000 new team members for its production team through the end of the year.

The automaker is looking to ramp the Chattanooga plant’s production up to as many as 7,000 cars per month by Q4 this year, with hopes to increase production capacity even more heading into 2023.

President and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga Chris Glover said, “There has been a tremendous effort by thousands of VW Chattanooga employees to bring this vision to life.” Glover continued, “I’d like to thank all our highly motivated team members and the extended community of Chattanooga for supporting us as we begin assembly of the ID.4 for the North American market.”

The news comes after former Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess suddenly stepped down earlier this week, to be replaced by the head of Porsche Oliver Blume.