Lion Electric will build electric trucks in Joliet, Illinois
Story by: Alan Adler at FreightWaves
Plant in Joliet will convert from warehouse to manufacturing
On its first day of public trading, Canada’s Lion Electric Co. made good on a pledge to expand manufacturing in the U.S., investing $70 million to convert a partially finished warehouse in Joliet, Illinois, into a plant to build electric trucks and buses.
At least 745 new jobs are expected to be created over the next three years.
Lion, based in St. Jerome, Quebec, is expected to receive about $490 million after expenses in a business combination completed Thursday with Northern Genesis Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). Lion is using $90 million of the proceeds to retire debt.
The company began trading Friday on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the symbol LEV.
Becoming a player in the electric trucking space after building mostly electric buses, Lion’s customers include Amazon and CN. It purchases battery cells from Los Angeles-based Romeo Power Technologies (NYSE: RMO), another de-SPACed startup.
The investment could grow to $130M
Lion’s three-year investment is part of an agreement with the state. Lion spokesman Patrick Gervias told FreightWaves the total investment could rise to $130 million.
Vehicle manufacturing in the 900,000-square-foot facility is expected to begin in the second half of the year. The first vehicles are expected in the second half of 2022.
The annual capacity is 20,000 electric trucks and buses. Lion competes in electric buses with SPAC-backed Proterra, which this week delivered its 50th Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley electric school bus for Daimler Trucks North America’s Thomas Built Buses subsidiary. Lion has delivered more than 390 electric vehicles — 90% school buses — since its founding as Lion Bus in 2011.
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