Volkswagen has confirmed that the U.S. will get a new electric SUV based on the I.D. Crozz concept in 2020 and now there are reports that it may be built in Tennessee. VW has started posting job listings for positions at its Chattanooga that will support its MEB electric platform.
All of VW’s upcoming electric cars, like the production versions of the I.D. Crozz, I.D. Buzz, I.D. hatchback and even an electric sedan, will be built on the MEB platform.
Currently the Chattanooga plant produces the Atlas and Passat models, but it’s not known if both vehicles will continue to be produced at the plant if VW decides to build its new electric vehicles there as well. Sales of the Passat have dropped off sharply, while the Atlas, which launched this year, is off to a good start.
“Chattanooga is highly underutilized,” said Dave Sullivan, a senior analyst with AutoPacific. With Passat sales down more than 12 percent this year and the Atlas still ramping up, there’s clearly room for more production in Tennessee.