Lion Electric hits milestone with production of first battery pack

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by Emily Atkins

The Lion Electric Company has completed production of its first lithium-ion battery pack at the company’s battery manufacturing facility located in Mirabel, Quebec.

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. The first batteries produced in Mirabel will power the Lion5 truck and the LionAmbulance, which are expected to reach commercial production in the first half of 2023.

“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 chief operating officer.

“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.”

Lion said in a statement that its new Mirabel battery manufacturing facility, once fully operational, will allow for more vertical integration in its supply chain. Given the battery is typically the most expensive component of an electric vehicle, this new manufacturing capability should have a direct impact on Lion’s development of medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicle platforms.

At full scale, Lion’s battery manufacturing facility is expected to have an annual production capacity of five gigawatt-hours of battery capacity.

Lion has also recently celebrated the start of production at its U.S. vehicle manufacturing facility in Joliet, Illinois.

Lion Electric creates, designs and manufactures all-electric class 5 to class 8 commercial urban trucks and all-electric buses and minibuses for the school, paratransit and mass transit segments. Lion designs, builds and assembles many of its vehicles’ components, including chassis, battery packs, truck cabins and bus bodies.