Volkswagen announced plans to feature electric vehicle engineering at its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The German automaker mentioned plans to develop cells and battery packs at the US plant.

© Electrek | VW goes to develop battery cells for electric cars within the US

The German automaker has been hard at work developing its next-generation electric cars supported its MEB platform. Much of the work happened in Germany, where VW already converted a factory to electric vehicle production.

By 2022, they commit to bring their MEB electric vehicles to the US and produce them there. Now they're also building a brand new electric vehicle factory next to their existing plant in Chattanooga. The German company is now announcing that it'll also engineer EVs within the country.

Volkswagen announced a replacement Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga which will “develop and test electric vehicle cells and battery packs”:

To power, those efforts, Volkswagen‘s Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga will soon feature a novel, state-of-the-art high-voltage laboratory designed to develop and test electric vehicle cells and battery packs for upcoming models assembled within u.s.

Wolfgang Maluche, VP of engineering at Volkswagen of America, said:

There are two ways in which auto companies approach the event of electric vehicle batteries. plenty of them will farm out the event and testing of batteries to a different company, and a few will actually do the work of developing and testing in-house. We do the latter.

VW said that they'll break ground “soon,” which the new lab is going to be “fully operational by spring 2021.” it's being built alongside VW’s electric vehicle factory at the location.

The factory goes to start out producing the ID.4 in early 2022.

The VW ID.4 goes to be a tiny low SUV, roughly the dimensions of the Tesla Model Y, with over 250 miles of range and a starting price of around $40,000.

This article was originally published in Electrek.

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