Toyota to produce hybrid powertrains for first time in the U.S.

On September 26, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) announced its investment in five U.S. plants where it will commence production of hybrid powertrains for the first time in the U.S. in 2020.

TMNA’s $373.8 million investment consists of producing hybrid transaxles for the first time in the U.S., which will take place at Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia from 2020. TMNA will also begin production of hybrid transaxle housings and cases at Bodine Aluminum’s Jackson plant in Tennessee.

At Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, production capacity will be expanded for its latest 2.5-liter TNGA engines. Meanwhile, production will also be increased for the 2.5-liter engine blocks and 2.5-liter engine cylinder heads at Bodine Aluminum’s Jackson plant and Troy plant (Missouri), respectively.

Moreover, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama will undergo reconstructions to accommodate the production of TNGA engines and is planning on creating 50 new jobs as a result.

Written by Minoru Moriwaki
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)