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Thursday, 13 August 2020 19:54

Volkswagen to Build In-House Battery Cells in New Tennessee EV Facility

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati
Volkswagen’s planned EV development facility in Chattanooga, TN. Volkswagen’s planned EV development facility in Chattanooga, TN. Volkswagen

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German automaker Volkswagen has announced its first EV production facility in the U.S. will be located in Chattanooga, TN.

The facility will be an expansion of the company’s current vehicle production plant located in the landlocked state.

 

In a press release Aug. 12, Volkswagen revealed an Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga would soon be built as an expansion of the currently existing manufacturing plant the company owns there. The facility will become the home of the company’s EV development sector in the U.S.


Production will start with the ID.4 after its full-production form is revealed soon.

 

The company stated in its press release:

 

“With the all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 due to be revealed in full-production form soon, Volkswagen has begun expanding its Chattanooga factory to build a North American center for electric vehicles---not only for assembly, but for engineering the EVs of the future. To power those efforts, Volkswagen’s Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga will soon feature a unique, state-of-the-art high-voltage laboratory designed to develop and test electric vehicle cells and battery packs for upcoming models assembled in the United States.”

 

Volkswagen is already building electric cars in its native Germany, and it is transforming several of its vehicle production facilities into EV manufacturing plants.

 

In the facility will be a battery development laboratory where the company will work to develop effective and long-lasting EV cells.

 

“There are two ways that auto companies approach the development of electric vehicle batteries,” said Volkswagen of America Vice President of Engineering Wolfgang Maluche. “A lot of them will farm out the development and testing of batteries to another company, and some will actually do the work of developing and testing in-house. We are doing the latter.”


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