Volkswagen and government officials marked the start of the process that will end with the fourth new vehicle rolling out of Chattanooga – and the first long-range electric vehicle assembled by Volkswagen in North America. A factory expansion of about $800 million that’s expected to add about 1,000 jobs, Volkswagen plans to begin assembling the production version of the ID. CROZZ at the plant in 2022, based on its flexible modular electric toolkit platform also known as MEB.

This investment in Chattanooga is part of Volkswagen’s larger, global commitment to EVs. Earlier this year, the Volkswagen Group announced its plan to pledge approximately $33 billion through 2023 toward the development and production of EVs worldwide. Beyond a production version of the ID. CROZZ, Volkswagen has pledged to bring the ID. BUZZ to market in the United States, with plans for more electric models to come in the future. The initial version of the ID. CROZZ production car will be made in Germany before production moves to the United States.