Scott Keogh, VW, in San Francisco, California, Sept. 18, 2018.
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Volkswagen is “actively” trying to set up new meeting and battery amenities within the U.S., Volkswagen of America CEO Scott Keogh advised CNBC on Wednesday.
Keogh declined to debate potential places for such operations. The German automaker’s electrification efforts are at the moment primarily based in Tennessee, together with localized manufacturing of the VW ID.four crossover EV, which is ready to start later this yr.
“We’re actively within the means of taking a look at one other manufacturing facility and likewise taking a look at a battery facility,” Keogh stated in an interview.
Volkswagen continues to be discussing and evaluating its choices, and no selections have been made, an organization spokesperson stated.
Such amenities, whether or not new or expansions, would imply a major resolution and sure billions of dollars in new U.S. funding for VW, which at the moment has North American meeting crops in Tennessee and Mexico.
Any funding would observe comparable strikes by different corporations to extend EV manufacturing within the U.S. – a significant aim of the Biden administration.
The potential for brand new VW electrical car amenities within the U.S. was beforehand reported by European media.
Keogh’s feedback adopted the grand opening of the German automaker’s new $22 million electrical car battery lab, which is positioned close to its sole American meeting plant in Chattanooga. It is a part of a $7.1 billion dedication to spice up its EV efforts in North America.
The brand new 32,000-square-foot battery lab will check and optimize batteries for electrical automobiles for the U.S. market. It is considered one of 4 such amenities that VW has introduced globally.