- A new investment for the battery production plant.
- A new family oriented EV coming starting from 2025
Toyota may be late to the electric shift, but that’s not stopping it from making up for lost time and starting to produce electric vehicles for the North American continent in more significant quantities. To this end, this week’s announcement of an additional US$2.1 billion investment to build a carbon-neutral battery production plant is note worthy. The North Carolina battery production complex is already under construction at the time of writing. To date, the battery complex has received $5.9 billion in investment.
But that’s not all, as the North American wing has also confirmed that the Kentucky plant will produce a new three-row all-electric crossover model from 2025.
“We are committed to reducing carbon emissions as much as possible and as soon as possible. […] To achieve this goal, customers must have access to a portfolio of options that meet their current and future needs. It’s exciting to see our largest U.S. plant, Toyota Kentucky, and our newest plant, Toyota North Carolina, leading us into the future with the production of BEVs and batteries for our growing electrified lineup,” said Ted Ogawa, CEO of Toyota Motor North America.
Of course, we don’t know all the details surrounding this new family-oriented model, but it wouldn’t be surprising if this future production model was inspired by the concept vehicle unveiled in late 2021. The concept was called the Toyota bZ Large SUV. The vehicle’s front end is reminiscent of the brand’s most recent models, notably the bZ4X electric crossover. The silhouette of this potential future is also more horizontal than that of the future electric replacement for the Toyota Highlander.
Mind you, this future three-row electric crossover could also be inspired by the bZ FlexSpace concept revealed earlier at the Shanghai Motor Show in China, the electric SUV that also features a very utilitarian shape.
We’ll see what Toyota’s engineers are working on in a few months’ time, but we do know that from 2025 onwards, new Toyota electric vehicles will be produced at the Kentucky plant in the USA.