Toyota joins U.S. battery-building race ! ! ! ! ! !

Car manufacturers want to move battery production as closely as possible to their assembly points, especially now that the supply chain has become a problem.


Toyota will invest $ 1.3 billion to build an electric car battery near Greensboro, North Carolina, which will house 1,750 workers when it opens in 2025, a car manufacturer said on Monday.

Car manufacturers, initially dependent on overseas suppliers, are changing their strategy, intensifying the production of electric vehicles and the production of local batteries. The change means that US capacity can grow enough to power 10 million cars or more by 2030.

While the move reflects political pressure, manufacturers also want to reverse the nightmare they faced this year due to a shortage of semiconductors made in other countries.

"The future of travel is electrifying, and the Greensboro-Randolph megasite is the perfect place to make that future a reality," Ted Ogawa, CEO of Toyota Motor North America, said on Monday, praising local infrastructure and skilled workers.

The factory will be launched in four lines, each producing enough lithium-ion batteries to power 200,000 electric vehicles, Toyota said. There will be space to add two lines over time, bringing the capacity of up to 1.2 million vehicles a year.

Exactly what you are saying has not been revealed, however. While some of its competitors, including General Motors and Volkswagen, are switching to battery-powered cars, Toyota is planning a mixed route.

Congress is considering another $ 500 tax bill for electric-powered electric cars in the U.S.

By 2030, battery-powered cars are predicted to make up 15 percent of their sales - almost identical to conventional gas types. The Japanese giant became a pioneer in improving the installation of electricity, and expects traditional hybrids and plug-in to make up about two-thirds of its capacity. Hydrogen fuel units could build some.

Long-distance electric vehicles like the upcoming Toyota bZ4X require 60 to more than 100 kilowatt-hours batteries. Ordinary hybrids, such as the Toyota Prius, pass by just a few kWh. Plug-in hybrids fit somewhere in between.

Toyota is by no means the only automaker to increase battery production. In September, Ford announced it would launch three lithium-ion battery plants: two in Kentucky and three near Memphis, Tennessee, part of the new Blue Oval City, a 6-square-mile site that will build the next generation F. -150 electric van. In total, they will have 129 gigawatt hours of capacity per year - enough for one million electric trucks, says chief executive Jim Farley.

Meanwhile, General Motors, recently opened the first battery station in Lordstown, Ohio, to supply batteries for the new GMC Hummer machine. Three more North American battery plants will follow.

GM plans to have 30 battery-powered electric vehicles for sale by 2025. By comparison, only 15 of the 70 electric vehicles Toyota plans to sell by 2025 will be clean battery powered cars. The rest will be a combination of one form or another.

Tesla, which operates the largest Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada, is adding capacity to a new assembly line in Texas.

Stellantis and Mercedes-Benz are among the other manufacturers that are showing plans to add battery plants to North America. Battery providers like South Korea's LG Chem want to be there. Some analysts say that the total capacity could be more than a terawatt hour, or 1,000 gigawatt hours, by 2030 - enough for 10 million electric vehicles.