The factory is expected to begin production in 2025, and it will eventually supply electric vehicles and hybrids built in the region.
The battle of words over a proposed bonus tax credit for EVs built by U.S. unions festered as Toyota sent a memo to its workers about comments made by Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
Toyota said it will work with minivehicle specialists Daihatsu and Suzuki to develop small electric commercial vans.
Toyota Motor North America's announced plans to build a battery plant may require the Japanese automaker to build another assembly plant in the U.S.
The ad is asking Congress to "put politics aside" and apply the EV tax credit equally to all electric vehicles assembled by U.S. auto workers.
Toyota's announced a $1.29 billion battery plant in Liberty, N.C., will have capacity for 1.2 million battery packs per year, suggesting more local investment will follow.