Lion Electric selects YMX International Aerocity of Mirabel as location for its manufacturing plant

June 3, 2021
By Canadian Manufacturing
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MONTREAL — The Lion Electric Company, a manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles, announced that the company’s upcoming battery manufacturing plant and innovation center will be located at the YMX International Aerocity of Mirabel, Quebec.

To commemorate the announcement, a ceremony was hosted near the site of the future facility, with Mr. Patrick Charbonneau, Interim Mayor of the City of Mirabel, Mr. Philippe Rainville, CEO and President of ADM Aéroports de Montréal and Mr. Marc Bedard, CEO and Founder of Lion Electric in attendance.

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 infrastructure, such as highways and airport, 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 opportunity for future expansion.

Originally announced in March 2021, Lion’s battery manufacturing plant and innovation center 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.