MIRABEL, QUE. — The Lion Electric Company has completed production of its first lithium-ion battery pack at the company’s battery manufacturing facility located in Mirabel, Que.
Lion is a manufacturer of electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles. The firm broke ground on the new plant in June 2021 at YMX International Aerocity in Mirabel. The $185-million plant is located adjacent to Montreal-Mirabel International Airport on a 1.6-million-square-foot property.
Final certification of the first battery pack is expected in the first quarter of 2023, followed by a gradual ramp-up of production in 2023, stated a Dec. 21 release.
The first batteries produced in Mirabel will power the Lion5 truck and the LionAmbulance, expected to reach commercial production in the first half of 2023.
At full scale, Lion’s battery manufacturing facility is expected to have an annual production capacity of five gigawatt-hours of battery capacity.
Lion also recently announced the start of production at its U.S. vehicle manufacturing facility in Joliet, Ill.
“The production of our first battery pack out of our Mirabel battery facility is an important step for Lion and should, over time, bring with it a new level of optimization for product design and production efficiency,” said Yannick Poulin, Lion’s COO.
“I am incredibly proud of our team for the continued advancement of this project, and I am very thankful to the Canadian and Quebec governments for their support in making it a reality.”