Volkswagen Group has begun regular production of the ID4 crossover, the second model in a planned family of electric vehicles that will be built and sold around the world, the company said Thursday.
The ID family is the linchpin of the VW brand's ambitious plan to build 1.5 million electric vehicles a year by 2025. The broader VW Group has said it will spend nearly US$40 billion by 2024 to ramp up electric vehicle production in Europe, China and the United States.
Initial production of the ID4 has begun at VW's plant in Zwickau, Germany, which was converted to build electric vehicles exclusively at a cost of US$1.4 billion.
The ID4 is scheduled to go on sale in the United States by the end of the year and in Canada in 2021. U.S. production in Chattanooga, Tenn., near VW's existing factory, is slated for 2022.
The ID4 and its companion, the ID3 hatchback, are built on a dedicated EV platform that Volkswagen calls MEB. The same platform will be shared with Ford Motor Co as part of a broader collaboration with the U.S. automaker. The ID3 is not expected to be sold in the U.S.
Rival General Motors has said it expects to build 1 million EVs a year by 2025, mainly in China and the United States.
Ford has said it plans to build at least one new EV in Europe on the MEB platform and is considering a second variant.
Preproduction of the ID4 already also started near Shanghai.
Automotive News contributed to this report.