Volkswagen's Chattanooga factory is hiring.
Recent job postings suggest Volkswagen will build electric vehicles in its Chattanooga, Tennessee, factory. The company is hiring specialized workers to help prepare the plant for cars built on its modular MEB platform.
The news doesn't come as much of a surprise. Herbert Diess, the company's global boss, said Chattanooga was Volkswagen's first choice to build electric cars for the North American market. He also stressed the company hadn't "taken a formal decision," according to Automotive News. This was a month ago; it sounds like executives have come to an agreement since.
The MEB platform can only underpin electric vehicles. However, Volkswagen designed it in a way that MEB-based models can be assembled on the same line as gasoline-powered cars built on the MQB platform. This makes the task of manufacturing electric cars in Tennessee relatively simple.
The first Volkswagen built on the MEB platform will be the production version of the I.D. concept unveiled during last year's Paris Auto Show. It will replace the e-Golf when it begins arriving in showrooms in 2020.
The company will also build an electric crossover inspired by the I.D. Crozz (pictured), and an electric van previewed by the I.D. Buzz. The latter model will be offered as a people carrier and a panel model for commercial buyers. Automotive News adds a four-door sedan could join the line-up in the early 2020s.
Photography by Ronan Glon.