Finding alternative energy resources is a major goal for most automakers, but few can match Toyota’s dedication. The Japanese automaker is opening a new research and development center that will include 11 tracks and employ more than 3,000 people. Once all said and done, Toyota’s research and development center will cost $2.8 billion.
Toyota’s investment marks heightened commitment for the automaker. While the Toyota lineup already features multiple hybrids vehicles, including the 2018 Prius, the new center will allow the brand to diversify the lineup even further.
One of the 11 tracks in the facility will be a miniature Nurburgring, also known as the world’s toughest test track. While the real track measures in at 12.9 miles, Toyota’s smaller track just hits 3.3 miles, and will test steering and braking stability in rigorous driving conditions.
Multiple tracks will be designed to specifically test electric vehicles and effectively create vehicles designed for specific markets. Toyota’s research and development center will put an emphasis on existing markets, like North America, but will also develop vehicles for up-and-coming regions, such as India.
The facility will open partially this year and will be fully operational by 2023. Initially, Toyota will employ a total of 3,300 people at the new center, but that number will rise as research and development continues to increase.
We here at Hurlbert Toyota are very excited to see what Toyota comes up with, and would be happy to show you what they already have.