Volkswagen will soon be starting its EV onslaught with plans to unleash as many as 80 new electric vehicles by 2025, and two of its upcoming electric cars may now be built in the US.
According to Autocar, production versions of the I.D. Buzz and I.D. Crozz concepts could be built in America, possibly at VW’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, or a new unannounced factory. “For strong product momentum, they need to be produced in the USA,” said North America boss Hinrich Woebcken. “It’s not possible to come into a high-volume scenario with imported cars. We want to localize electric mobility in the US.”
While VW will sell the Buzz and Crozz worldwide, Woebcken said the models will be ‘Americanized’ for the market. This follows VW’s strategy to build cars tailored to the market they’re sold in, as we’ve seen with the Jetta and Passat made specifically for the US. Given America’s love for SUVs, tailoring the ID Crozz and ID Buzz for the US market makes a lot of sense and will help VW increase its market share in America.
The I.D. Crozz will start production in 2020 and will be the first Volkswagen EV sold in America, while the I.D. Buzz will enter production in 2022. The Crozz is a small crossover, while the Buzz is inspired by the classic Microbus van. Before these two models, Volkswagen’s first EV will be based on the I.D. hatch concept. The I.D. Vizzion electric sedan will also start production by 2022, but it’s unlikely these two models will be sold in the US since demand for small cars and sedans is rapidly declining.
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