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Panasonic Energy and Kansas partner to advance plans for US-based EV battery facility

The potential project could create up to 4,000 new jobs at site identified in De Soto

Topeka, Kans.—Panasonic Energy and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly jointly have announced that the state of Kansas has approved an Attracting Powerful Economic Expansion (APEX) state incentive application submitted by Panasonic Energy Co., Ltd. The agreement would make the state the location for a proposed US-based lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility, pending approval by Panasonic Holdings Corporation Board of Directors.

Panasonic Energy plans to expand its production of EV batteries, as the automotive industry shifts to more sustainable electric technologies, and develop the project at a property in Kansas, which is expected to drive significant economic activity and opportunities for the local economy and could create up to 4,000 new jobs and result in an investment of approximately $4 billion. The company has identified a site in De Soto, Kan., for this potential project.

“This project will be transformative for the Kansas economy, providing high-quality, high-tech jobs while bringing a new industry to the state that is forging a more sustainable future,” said Gov. Laura Kelly. “This is a significant milestone for Kansas that is sure to drive economic growth and development.”

“Kansas has an impressive history of being home to a skilled manufacturing workforce,” said Kris Takamoto, Executive Vice President of Panasonic Energy Co., Ltd., Head of EV Battery Business. “We appreciate Kansas’s dedication to sustainability and its commitment to and growth in the clean and renewable energy space.”

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