Toyota has been getting a lot of flak for a long time because it doesn’t believe that all-electric vehicles are the future on their own, and it doesn’t spend as much in them as most of its competitors do. But the bZ4X won’t be the only one on the US market for long.
Toyota said today that it is making a brand-new, all-electric SUV with three rows of seats for the US market. This will be built at its main plant in Kentucky. After being leaked in August, the news is now officially true.
Toyota is putting $1.3 billion into the plant that will put together the new model. Th
e company has now spent almost $10 billion on the plant, which, according to the official press statement, “reinforces Toyota’s commitment to high-quality vehicles and long-term job stability.” Since 2021, Toyota has said it will invest an extra $17 billion in its US factories “to support efforts to make cars that run on electricity.”
The Kentucky plant, which has been “a hub” of its North American operations since 1986, is also getting a battery pack assembly line. Batteries from Toyota Battery Manufacturing North Carolina will be sent to the company.
Kerry Creech, head of Toyota Kentucky, said:
Today’s announcement reflects our commitment to vehicle electrification and further reinvesting in our U.S. operations. Generations of our team members helped prepare for this opportunity, and we will continue leading the charge into the future by remaining true to who we are as a company and putting our people first for generations to come.