DE SOTO, Kan. – Panasonic officially began construction of a new electric vehicle battery plant in De Soto, Kansas, on Wednesday.
It is the largest economic development project in Kansas history.
The Japanese company said it will start mass producing batteries in De Soto for the booming electric vehicle market by March 2025.
Panasonic said building cylindrical “2170” lithium-ion batteries in De Soto will spur innovation and provide critical production capacity to fuel economic growth and other opportunities for the entire region.
The Kansas factory will supply batteries primarily to Tesla.
Panasonic’s investment in the United States will also help electric car buyers qualify for new vehicle tax credits.
Governor Laura Kelly said the Kansas factory will create up to 4,000 jobs with a total investment of up to $4 billion.
“There is no doubt, this project will be transformative for De Soto, the region and the entire state of Kansas,” said Kelly.
“It will make Kansas a global leader in electric vehicle battery production. It will bring thousands of high-paying manufacturing jobs to our state and it will create an additional 4,000 jobs for suppliers and businesses across the region.
Panasonic’s battery factory in Nevada has shipped 6 billion EV battery cells to date, and the company says it produces more than 5 million battery cells a day in North America.
Panasonic Energy also announced its first philanthropic commitment to the community, donating $25,000 to the De Soto School District.
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