Electric VW Crossover Will Be Built in the USA as of 2022

Volkswagen has announced the ID. Crozz electric crossover will go into production at its manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2022.

The Chattanooga plant will be VW’s first dedicated production site for electric vehicles in North America. The first electric vehicle to be sold under the automaker’s I.D. banner, the I.D. Hatch, will enter production at a facility in Zwickau, Germany before the end of this year.

The ID. Hatch won’t be sold in North America, however, with the Crozz expected to be the first I.D.-branded vehicle for the US. That means that for the first few years of production, the I.D. Crozz, which is expected to arrive in 2020, will be built alongside the Hatch in Zwickau.

“Strengthening the company’s commitment to an electric mobility future, this expansion of Volkswagen’s U.S. footprint will include an investment of $800 million into the Chattanooga facility and create 1,000 jobs at the plant, plus additional jobs at suppliers,” the automaker said in a prepared statement.

VW also intends to open EV production facilities in the German cities of Emden and Hanover by 2022.

The automaker says the production ID. Crozz will have “the interior space of a midsize SUV in the footprint of a compact SUV,” suggesting it may have improved battery packaging over some current EVs.

The company also reiterated its plans to build a series production version of the ID. Buzz concept, which it says will be a “multi-purpose,” EV. It will likely be built at one of the German production sites.

The Chattanooga plant, which opened in 2011, currently builds the VW Atlas and Passat. It will receive a third product, the Atlas Cross Sport, before the end of the year.