Toyota Motor North America, Inc. will be building a new laboratory at its research and development headquarters in York Township, Michigan. The facility is designed to evaluate batteries for electric and electrified vehicles in North America. The lab will also be responsible for evaluating Level 2 and Level 3 charging and connectivity to power sources and infrastructure. Engineers at the lab will focus their attention on current battery production, as well as new battery configurations. The $50 million project is expected to be operational in 2025.
In a recent quote, Shinichi Yasui, executive vice president of Toyota Motor North America (TMNA), Research and Development, said, “This new investment in our North American R&D operation, which has been a key pillar of the Michigan automotive industry for more than 50 years, shows Toyota’s directional shift towards electrification for all. By adding these critical evaluation capabilities around automotive batteries, our team is positioned to better serve the needs of our customers, including Toyota Battery Manufacturing North Carolina and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, the latter of which will soon be assembling the recently announced all-new, three-row, battery electric SUV.”
Investing in American Manufacturing - 2023
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