Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO, Volkswagen AG, speaks in front of an image of a van concept vehicle during the company’s presentation at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 14, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
DETROIT (Reuters) – Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) said on Monday it is investing $800 million to build a new electric vehicle at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as it shifts toward zero emission vehicles.
The German automaker, in an announcement at the Detroit Auto Show, said it is adding 1,000 new jobs and electric vehicle production in Tennessee will begin in 2022. German automakers have been under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to increase their investments in the United States.
“We obviously think electric vehicles are going to play a more and more prominent role,” said Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, who took part in the announcement.
Volkswagen said in November it planned to assemble electric vehicles at a plant in North America, but had not decided which one.
Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Jeffrey Benkoe