Volkswagen is making Tennessee its North American base for electric vehicle production, breaking ground on an $800 million (727 million euro) expansion at its plant in Chattanooga.
Volkswagen of America CEO Scott Keogh was at the factory Wednesday for the expansion’s groundbreaking ceremony. In an announcement from Volkswagen, Keogh called it a “a big, big moment” for the company.
“Electric vehicles are the future of mobility and Volkswagen will build them for millions, not just millionaires,” Keogh vowed.
The move toward electric vehicles underscores the company’s effort to transform itself after the 2015 diesel scandal, in which Volkswagen was caught using software to cheat on emissions testing.