Lion Electric selects YMX International Aerocity of Mirabel as the location for its battery manufacturing plant and innovation center in Quebec.
The facility will be located adjacent to Montreal-Mirabel International Airport on a 1.6 million square foot 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 infrastructures, such as highways and airports, to facilitate access to suppliers and customers.
The company also plans to repurpose current airport facilities for use as a test track to aid in its vehicle development. Located in an area of dense nature, the site is well suited to Lion’s sustainability practices while also offering opportunities for future expansion.
Originally announced in March 2021, Lion’s battery manufacturing plant and innovation centre represent 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.
With the completion of 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 also projected to create thousands of secondary jobs in the region.
Lion plans to implement leading sustainable development practices in the construction of the facility, with more details around its design to be announced in the future. The company will also continue to promote the use of electric vehicles with its employee base and visitors, offering robust charging infrastructure on-site free of charge.
This announcement comes amidst an increased expansion of the company’s operations, having recently announced the construction of a vehicle manufacturing facility located in the United States which will also open in the second half of 2022. To date, Lion has delivered over 390 all-electric heavy-duty vehicles in North America with over 7 million miles driven since 2016.
All of Lion’s vehicles are purpose-built for electric propulsion from the ground up and are currently manufactured at Lion’s North American facility, which has a current capacity to produce 2,500 electric buses and trucks per year.