Hitachi Automotive Electric Motor Systems Ltd has established Hitachi Automotive Electric Motor Systems America.

The new company, headed by president Shingo Nakamura, is based in Kentucky and will develop, manufacture and sell electric vehicle motors.

The new company will use existing office and manufacturing facilities, in Berea City, owned by Hitachi Automotive Systems.

Full production is expected to start in 2022 dependent on the effects of COVID-19.

"The establishment of this new company will further strengthen Hitachi Automotive Electric Motor Systems' business foundation in the expanding electric vehicle market and respond to growing demand for electric vehicle motors in the US," Hitachi said.