Nissan Motor Co. will build two battery-electric vehicles for the U.S. market at a plant in Mississippi, marking the Japanese automaker’s deepest North America move to date in to a growing field of consumer EVs.

The plug-in battery-powered models — one under the Nissan nameplate and one for Infiniti — will start production in 2025, the Yokohama-based automaker said Thursday. Nissan plans to invest ¥57.5 billion ($500 million) in technology needed for EV-specific assembly lines at the plant in Canton, which is just north of the state capital in Jackson.

"Today’s announcement is the first of several new investments that will drive the EV revolution in the United States,” Nissan Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Gupta said in a statement.