Small VW EV, battery plant thought of for North America

Volkswagen has accredited an EV slotting beneath the ID.4 for the North American market, and it is contemplating a battery plant in Ontario, in accordance with German enterprise day by day Handelsblatt.

The report notes 5 latest entries within the Canadian province’s Registry of Lobbyists for VW, together with one which mentions CEO Oliver Blume, who final yr mentioned that Canada was a logical choice for battery cell manufacturing.

2023 Volkswagen ID.4

2023 Volkswagen ID.4

The report additionally cited paperwork saying Ontario wished to be “thought of in competitors with different areas” for the battery plant, and mentioned the province had provided incentives to land the venture.

As for the brand new sub-ID.4 EV, it might be assembled at VW’s current Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, which presently builds U.S.-market ID.4 fashions, or the Puebla, Mexico, plant that handles a big share of VW’s North American manufacturing.

Volkswagen ID.Life concept

Volkswagen ID.Life idea

VW has written off the concept of one other North American car plant for now. The automaker’s new all-electric Scout model, which was looking for manufacturing facility websites, is now reportedly negotiating with contract producers.

The newly accredited mannequin is not doubtless the ID.Life idea VW confirmed in 2021 as a attainable reasonably priced EV, however it’s prone to take full benefit of the mid-decade overhaul for VW’s MEB platform, which already underpins the ID.4 and the ID.Buzz van slated to succeed in the U.S. in 2024. The return of the VW e-Golf can also be reportedly again on the desk, though it is unclear whether or not this is identical car or not.