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.
Toyota Boshoku, the automaker's main seating and interior supplier, is answering the call for future robotaxis and drone delivery docks.
Huge investments are going into U.S. EV battery production capacity. But that will require upstream parts and materials that are not common to the North American industry.
Two years of disruptions caused by the pandemic, the microchip shortage and a wide range of supply chain challenges are prompting automakers and suppliers to pursue a better sense of where their parts are.