The future of mobility is here, and it’s electric! Toyota Motor North America (Toyota) announced today that it is boosting engineering support across its North American operations as plans to advance electrified vehicle production kick into high gear. Specifically, the company will add 220 new positions to Toyota’s Production Engineering Division, which serves as the go–between for design and manufacturing. The additional support will increase Toyota’s capacity to use innovative engineering technology to design and build manufacturing plants, equipment and processes across its operations.
“As we ramp up our plans for additional electrified products in North America, we must have the resources and talent in place to lead that transformation,” said Brian Krinock, senior vice president, vehicle plants, Toyota. “Our engineering team is working tirelessly on industry-leading production processes and technologies that help reduce carbon emissions while assembling world-class carbon-neutral vehicles, all with safety and quality in mind.”
Production Engineering Powering Innovation
Toyota’s Production Engineering and Manufacturing Center, located in Georgetown, Kentucky, is the headquarters for Production Engineering and is currently home to nearly 800 engineers. The company’s production engineering division employees more than 1,800+ spread across its North American facilities, all dedicated to maintaining Toyota’s position as a leader in safety, quality, productivity, efficiency and environmental sustainability through collaboration, innovation and education. The new jobs will be located in Georgetown and across Toyota’s other manufacturing facilities in North America.
Proven Leadership in Electrified Powertrains
Toyota has put more electrified powertrains on the road than all other automakers combined and has remained the leading manufacturer and seller of electrified vehicles for 22 consecutive years. In 2021, 25% of Toyota’s total U.S. sales were electrified.
The company plans to further expand its global portfolio of electrified vehicles to 70 by 2025.
U.S. Investment to Drive Future Production
Last year, the automaker announced new investments totaling $5.1 billion into its U.S. manufacturing operations to support electrification efforts. Included in that investment is Toyota’s new battery manufacturing plant, Toyota Battery Manufacturing, North Carolina, a $1.29 billion investment set to begin production of lithium-ion batteries in 2025 while employing more than 1,700 North Carolinians.
Carbon Neutral Commitment
Toyota is committed to reducing and eliminating carbon through its electrified vehicles and in its operations and facilities. The company is aggressively working toward making its North American manufacturing plants carbon neutral by 2035 through a science-based approach, replacing high-emission electricity with clean, renewable energy either through direct installations at its facilities or through virtual power purchase agreements with energy providers. In addition, Toyota will continue to electrify its vehicles, with a commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 90% from its new vehicles within the first half of this century.
SOURCE: Toyota Motor North America