Toyota Motor North America is making two investments in Michigan: One is to build a new battery lab and the other funds a program that will give kids hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies for careers in the auto industry.

On Thursday, Toyota said it will invest $50 million to build a new laboratory at its North American Research & Development headquarters in York Township, about 15 miles south of Ann Arbor. Toyota will evaluate batteries for electric and electrified vehicles in North America at the new lab, expected to open in 2025.

The new Michigan Battery Lab will ensure that Toyota’s batteries meet performance, quality and durability requirements of automotive batteries made by Toyota, the automaker said in a news release.

A rendering of the new Michigan Battery Lab that Toyota Motor North America will build in York Township, Michigan. It is set to open in 2025.

“With increasing production for electrification coming to North America, it’s important to have localsupporting infrastructure, but more importantly it enables us to invest in team members and technologydevelopment,” said Jordan Choby, group vice president of powertrain at TMNA R&D. “This new facilityalso enables us to experiment and pursue new opportunities as technology and business needs advance.”


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