Lion Electric Company, a leading manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles, announced that the company’s upcoming battery manufacturing plant and innovation centre will be located at the YMX International Aerocity of Mirabel, Quebec, Canada.
The facility will be located adjacent to Montreal-Mirabel International Airport on a 1.6 million square feet property, with development planned to begin in June 2021. Lion selected the Mirabel location as it offers the company several strategic advantages, including proximity to its current Saint-Jérôme, Quebec, manufacturing plant and access to transportation infrastructure, such as highways and airport, to facilitate access to suppliers and customers.
The company plans to repurpose current airport facilities for use as a test track to aid in vehicle development. Located in an area of dense nature, the site is well suited to Lion’s sustainability practices while also offering opportunity for future expansion.
Originally announced in March 2021, Lion’s battery manufacturing plant and innovation centre represents an investment of approximately $185 million CAD. The facility is expected to be completed in the second half of 2022, with a planned annual battery production capacity of 5 gigawatt hours, enough to electrify approximately 14,000 of Lion’s medium and heavy-duty zero-emission trucks and buses.
Maintaining ownership of its battery production is a key strategic differentiator for the company and allows Lion increased control of a key part of its product supply chain while simultaneously lowering costs. The factory will be highly automated and is expected to be able to produce one battery module every 11 seconds and a full battery pack every five minutes.
Lion plans to offer robust charging infrastructure on the site free of charge.
The new facility will be an essential link in a specialised supply chain critical to electrifying transportation, helping to create a larger zero-emission technology ecosystem in the Laurentians region and fostering a world-class talent base. Lion hopes that other leaders in electrification will locate themselves in the area, growing the local supply chain with the added benefit of decreasing both vehicle costs and emissions associated with shipping.
Through the plant, Lion expects to add 135 high-quality direct jobs in Mirabel in the next two years, and up to a total of 250 direct jobs in the longer term as the company continues to expand its operations at the site. The completion of the facility is projected to create thousands of secondary jobs in the region.
To date, Lion has delivered over 390 all-electric heavy-duty vehicles in North America with over 7 million miles driven since 2016. All its vehicles are purpose-built for electric propulsion from the ground up and are currently manufactured at Lion’s North American facility, which has a capacity to produce 2,500 electric buses and trucks per year.