Volkswagen's $800M Tennessee factory expansion to include battery pack plant
- Volkswagen said Wednesday it will build a battery pack assembly facility as part of an $800 million expansion project that will turn the Chattanooga, Tenn.
- The Chattanooga factory expansion, which is includes a 564,000-square-foot addition to the body shop and is expected to create 1,000 new jobs at the plant, has been in the works for some time now.
- The Tennessee factory (along with the other new facilities) will produce electric vehicles using Volkswagen’s modular electric toolkit chassis, or MEB, introduced by the company in 2016.
- The MEB is a flexible modular system — really a matrix of common parts — for producing electric vehicles that VW says make it more efficient and cost-effective.
- 3 electric vehicle began at the Zwickau factory.
- Volkswagen currently produces the midsize Atlas SUV and the Passat sedan at the Chattanooga factory.
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