Volkswagen to build a new plant in North America dedicated entirely to electric cars

Volkswagen officials confirmed the German automaker will build a new plant in North America dedicated entirely to electric car production. Volkswagen says the facility will open by 2022, but a specific location hasn’t been confirmed.

“There is no decision done so far,” said Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen’s board member for e-mobility at a press conference last week in Dresden, Germany. “We think there’s a natural fit to Chattanooga, but there’s no planning done so far,” he added referring to the company’s facility in Tennessee. But reporters took notice that Ulbrich didn’t deny that the plant could also be in Mexico.

The new North American factory will be one of 16 electric-car plants that Volkswagen aims to build around the world by 2022 as part of a US$ 40 billion investment plan. However, most of these will be in China and Europe.

The e-Golf, so far Volkswagen’s only electric vehicle available, is made in plants in Wolfsburg and Dresden, both in Germany. Next year, Volkswagen’s Zwickau plan, also in Germany, will be converted into a pure electric-car plant with an output capacity of 330,000 electric cars per year starting with the I.D. hatchback and I.D. Crozz crossover.

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