SAINT-JEROME, QUE. – The Lion Electric Company has broken ground on its new battery manufacturing plant and innovation centre at YMX International Aerocity of Mirabel, Que.
Lion held the groundbreaking ceremony near the site of the new facility on earlier this month with Marc Bedard, CEO and founder of Lion Electric, in attendance. The firm is a manufacturer of electric medium- and heavy-duty urban vehicles with Canadian headquarters in Saint-Jerome, Que.
The $185-million plant will be located adjacent to Montreal-Mirabel International Airport on a 1.6-million-square-foot property. Lion stated in a release that it selected the Mirabel location because of its proximity to its current Saint-Jerome manufacturing plant and also its access to transportation infrastructure.
The company said it plans to repurpose current airport facilities for use as a test track during vehicle development. The facility is expected to be completed in the second half of 2022, with a planned annual battery production capacity of five gigawatt hours, enough to electrify approximately 14,000 of Lion’s electric trucks and buses. The factory is expected to be able to produce one battery module every 11 seconds and a full battery pack every five minutes.
Lion recently announced the construction of a vehicle manufacturing facility in the United States that will also open in the second half of 2022. Lion has delivered 390 electric vehicles in North America since 2016.
“Over the past few years, our teams have increased their efforts to position YMX International Aerocity of Mirabel as a key aeronautical and industrial hub, both in Quebec and internationally,” said Rainville in the statement. “This is great news for the entire community, which will benefit from the creation of quality jobs by a company that operates in a sustainable industry.”