Toyota will invest $5.6 billion to boost its global battery supply by up to 40 gigawatt hours. Just over half of the money will be invested in a plant in western Japan, with the balance used to boost capacity at a site in North Carolina.
Toyota said heavy rains, especially in its home prefecture of Aichi in central Japan, impacted procurement of parts and will force it to stop production at a total of three lines in two domestic factories.
The investigative committee tasked by truck and bus maker Hino Motors blamed the scandal on an environment where engineers did not feel able to challenge superiors, in a rare criticism of corporate culture in Japan.
Toyota orchestrated the creation of the Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corp. last year to help transition Japanese commercial vehicle makers for the shift to full-electric, hydrogen fuel cell and self-driving technologies.