Toyota is planning on building a new battery plant in North Carolina that they say will be able to produce 1.2 million batteries per year.
The price of the plant is expected to be around $1.3 billion and will come with an incentive package of more than $435 million over 20 years from state and local governments.
The $1.3 billion plant will eventually make batteries for as many as 1.2 million hybrid, plug-in hybrid and BEVs per year, the automaker said.
Toyota Motor North America is planning to build a $1.3 billion battery plant near the small town of Liberty, N.C., where the Japanese automaker plans to eventually produce enough lithium ion batteries to power up to 1.2 million vehicles per year.
News of the location leaked last month.
Toyota Battery Manufacturing North Carolina is expected to begin production in 2025 with four production lines, each capable of producing batteries to power 200,000 vehicles, the company said. The plant, to be co-owned and operated by Toyota and subsidiary Toyota Tsusho, is expected to later be expanded to six production lines. The automaker said the venture is expected to create 1,750 jobs. Liberty is in Randolph County, about 20 miles southeast of Greensboro, in the central part of the state.
The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that "state and local governments offered an incentive package of more than $435 million over 20 years if the project in Randolph County meets investment benchmarks." The Journal cited state sources saying that the jobs at the plant "would pay roughly $62,000 a year on average."
As part of the announcement, Toyota committed to using "100 percent renewable energy" at the new battery plant, which will make batteries for hybrid, plug-in hybrid and eventually electric vehicles.
The site upon which it will be built is 1,825 acres. Toyota did not disclose the size of the battery plant, however a company spokesperson said it will not take up the entire site. The company did not disclose what it will do with the remaining acreage.
Toyota also did not specify which vehicles or assembly plants its new battery plant will feed, or whether they will be hybrids or full battery-electric vehicles such as its planned bZ4X crossover, which it showed to journalists last month in Southern California. Initial production of Toyota's EVs for sale in the U.S. is to be in Japan, though the company has said it ultimately plans to build EVs for sale in North America on the continent.