Taiga Motors, a developer of electric off-road vehicles, has announced plans to build a mass-production assembly facility in Shawinigan, Québec. The first phase of construction is scheduled for completion in 2022, and the company expects to begin production of electric snowmobiles and personal watercraft immediately. Taiga expects its new facility to increase production capacity to 80,000 units by 2025.
Taiga has already begun initial production at its Montréal Research & Development facility, where it expects annual capacity to increase to 2,000 vehicles by the end of 2021. In the first phase of construction, the Shawinigan facility will have a footprint of 200,000 square feet, which will later increase to 340,000 square feet.
Taiga intends to begin construction in the second quarter of 2021, following the company’s listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange following a merger with Canaccord Genuity Growth II Corp.
Taiga says it chose Québec as the site for its new plant because the province is already a world-leading electric technology hub. Shawinigan is an established technology hub, which will accelerate Taiga’s vision for a vertically integrated local supply chain.
“This facility, a part of the $185 million in recently announced funding, will bolster Taiga into becoming a globally leading OEM for powersports vehicles,” said Samuel Bruneau, CEO of Taiga. “We have seen strong customer demand limited by product availability.”
Battery manufacturers AMTE Power and Faradion have announced a collaboration that combines Faradion’s IP with AMTE’s design and manufacturing capabilities.
The collaboration grants AMTE a license to manufacture and sell sodium-ion cells for battery packs. Faradion says its technology is scalable and can leverage AMTE’s existing lithium-ion manufacturing facilities.
AMTE CEO Kevin Brundish said, “This partnership between AMTE and Faradion allows us to manufacture next-generation sustainable, sodium-ion batteries in the UK and leverage our core manufacturing expertise. Following our IPO, our intention is to build upon our ongoing collaboration and continue to utilize our production plant to scale and transfer Faradion’s existing new cell technologies to volume manufacture.”
Meritor will integrate all of the components into a single unit that can be installed in an existing chassis with little to no modification required. Electra will provide the mechanical and controls integration of the electric chassis and build four different chassis for validation. The electric powertrain will be industrialized and marketed globally to commercial vehicle OEMs under Meritor’s Blue Horizon brand.
Danfoss says its motor will be based on a patented architecture and thermal management methodology that exceeds the APC’s 2035 Roadmap targets for power density.
Danfoss Sales Director Adrian Schaffer said, “The electric powertrain system will be a fantastic new option for customers interested in integrated solutions.”