SURREY, B.C. — Crews have broken ground on the Damon Motors’ EV Centre of Excellence in Surrey.
The country’s first high-performance electric motorcycle company expects to generate more than 300 local high-tech manufacturing jobs and over 500 high-tech office jobs by 2025, with total annual salaries exceeding $62 million.
“Clean energy is at the centre of Surrey’s growth and innovation, and that is why today’s announcement is so exciting,” said Mayor Doug McCallum in a statement. “Our city is already leading the way in electrical vehicle ownership and charging infrastructure, so it makes good sense for Damon Motors to plant roots here. In addition to adding more than 800 new local jobs to our economy, this facility will be a catalyst in advancing Surrey’s cleantech growth. It is fitting to say the least that Surrey has been chosen for this new site.”
Damon Motors CEO Jay Giraud explained the city’s stance on clean energy drew him to the site.
“The City of Surrey shares our commitment for a clean energy future, making it the perfect place to begin production of our HyperSport motorcycles,” said Giraud. “Surrey has welcomed us with open arms and we look forward to continue to innovate and further solidify both Damon and Surrey as cleantech leaders in the electric vehicle industry and beyond.”
Giraud added the company has $40 million in global preorders for its flagship HyperSport bike and a firm timeline for order fulfilment. He said the city played a critical role in fast-tracking permits to help them open and start production at the110,000-square-foot facility by October 2022.
City officials stated the centre creates potential partnership opportunities with local universities and research hubs, including Simon Fraser University’s Sustainable Energy Engineering and Mechatronics programs, as well as the Quantum Algorithms Institute.