Toyota will expand operations at its newest North American facility, Toyota Battery Manufacturing, in Liberty, North Carolina. The $2.5 billion project is expected to create 350 jobs.
The investment adds capacity to support battery electric vehicle battery production bringing the total employment to approximately 2,100, according to company officials. Scheduled to begin production in 2025, the facility will produce batteries for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and BEVs.
“This marks another significant milestone for our company,” said Norm Bafunno, senior vice president, Unit Manufacturing and Engineering at Toyota Motor North America. “This plant will serve a central role in Toyota’s leadership toward a fully electrified future and will help us meet our goal of carbon neutrality in our vehicles and global operations by 2035.”
Last year, Toyota Motor Corporation announced a global investment of approximately $70 billion for electrification efforts. Today, as part of this aspirational goal, TMC announced a future battery production commitment of up to $5.6 billion, which includes the new North Carolina investment. In 2021, Toyota, in partnership with Toyota Tsusho, announced the new Liberty location with an initial investment of $1.29 billion for battery production and the creation of 1,750 new jobs.
“This is an exciting time for Toyota, the region and the many North Carolinians we will soon employ,” added Sean Suggs, TBMNC president. “This incremental investment reflects our continued commitment to ensuring jobs and future economic growth for the Triad region.”