Tennessee Governor Bill Lee was in town on Friday for the official launch of Volkswagen’s first electric SUV, the ID4.
The ID4 was completely assembled here in Chattanooga.
Governor Lee said he was impressed with the design inside and out after seeing it officially.
“I went over there and opened the door and sat in it and it just makes you want to drive it. The technology inside the vehicle. These new vehicles are not just electric vehicles, but they incorporate digital technology,” Governor Bill Lee said.
Governor Lee said production of this electric vehicle will continue to put Tennessee at the top of this industry.
“Tennessee leads the county in automotive manufacturing, partially electric vehicle manufacturing and this plant here is a shining example of that,” Lee said.
Over the past two years, Volkswagen has hired more than a thousand employees to make ID4 possible.
Volkswagen Chattanooga President Chris Glover said the company believes electric vehicles are the future and that’s why they’ve invested in them.
“The main focus is that we see the EV market is going to grow significantly over the next decade. Certainly, reaching a level of probably 50% in the US market. Our goal is to capture the largest share of that market we certainly can,” Glover said.
So far three thousand ID4s have been produced, before the end of the year Glover said the plan is to produce 12 thousand more and continue to grow.
“Up to 90,000 vehicles we want to produce next year, so we have a lot of work ahead of us, but for now we are celebrating the small wins. The car is on the road, the quality is excellent and we are waiting looking forward to customers driving in Tennessee, the United States and across the country,” Glover said.