York Township — Toyota Motor Corp. is investing nearly $50 million to construct a new battery laboratory at its North American research and developments headquarters outside of Ann Arbor.

The lab that is expected to open in 2025 will evaluate batteries for electrified vehicles in North America to meet the region’s requirements for performance, quality and durability. It marks another sign of Michigan’s continued strengths in the automotive sector and engineering even in the transition to EVs and after Toyota has had its campus in the state for more than 50 years.

The state of Michigan is expected to support the $47.7 million project with $1.59 million in incentives to retain jobs as traditional powertrain engineers transition to work on EVs. It could create less than 100 jobs.

Rendering of Toyota Motor Corp.'s new battery lab in York Township to open in 2025.

“All of these investments,” Chris Reynolds, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Toyota North America, said during a news conference, “are helping to make our electrified vehicles more accessible and affordable for all customers. These investments in affordable, accessible EVs will allow a greater number of people to actively help reduce carbon emissions.”

Chris Reynolds, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Toyota North America, discusses the role of a new battery lab in York Township on the automaker's technology ambitions.

The Toyota USA Foundation also announced a nearly $10 million grant through its $110 million Driving Possibilities program to benefit Lincoln Consolidated and Ypsilanti Community Schools for classroom and hands-on education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, with the support of Eastern Michigan University.

Students from Lincoln Consolidated and Ypsilanti Community schools will receive training in science, technology, education and mathematics through a five-year commitment by Toyota USA Foundation's Driving Possibilities program.

Toyota’s new battery lab will work with the Japanese automaker’s battery manufacturing site in North Carolina and at a plant in Kentucky where it will build a new three-row all-electric SUV. Over the last two years, the company has invested more than $8 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations.


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