Volkswagen executives made a calculated bet several years ago that a consumer base for its coming line of electric vehicles would grow enough in the U.S. to justify production here. That bet will begin to pay off this year with the arrival of the Tennessee-built ID4, just before the Inflation Reduction Act's new EV tax credit system kicks in at the beginning of next year.
Exactly how that legislation — which offers consumers credits of up to $7,500 for vehicles assembled in North America that have batteries following certain sourcing and assembly guidelines — will impact future EVs from VW is unclear, though it likely will speed up plans to localize production of the ID Buzz retro-styled minivan, one of four EVs that will be in dealers' lineup by the end of 2026.
Also during that period, the German brand will continue to refine its internal combustion crossover lineup, with updates coming to the Atlas family, as well as a redesigned Tiguan and freshened Taos. The Arteon sedan will end its short run in the U.S., but the Jetta and souped-up versions of the Golf will continue on.