SHAWINIGAN, QC, and MONTREAL: Taiga Motors Inc., a leading developer of electric off-road vehicles, has announced plans to build a mass-production facility in the City of Shawinigan, Québec.
The first phase of construction, scheduled for completion in 2022, represents an investment to accelerate the mass-production of Taiga electric snowmobiles and watercraft, as well as side-by-side vehicles.
“This facility, a part of the $185M in recently announced funding, will bolster Taiga into becoming a globally leading OEM for powersports vehicles,” said Samuel Bruneau, CEO of Taiga.
This facility dedicated to the mass-production of electric Powersports vehicles, is designed from a clean sheet to support Taiga’s manufacturing processes through its modular vehicle platforms for optimized production output.
Snowmobile and personal watercraft production is expected to begin immediately following build completion. The facility will increase Taiga’s production capacity to 80,000 units by 2025.
Taiga’s production acceleration is well underway in their current Montréal Research & Development facility, which is expected to ramp-up production capacity to 2,000 vehicles per year by the end of 2021. The second phase of increasing Taiga’s production capacity includes the building of the state-of-the-art Shawinigan facility, beginning at a 200,000 sq. ft. capacity and later increasing to 340,000 sq. ft. Taiga intends to begin construction in the second quarter of 2021,
The site was chosen because Québec is already a worldleading e-technology hub in the electric-vehicle space. As a location for a mass-production facility, Shawinigan provides advantages with strong logistical infrastructure and talent pool.
“It’s always a pleasure to receive advocates and entrepreneurs who wish to establish themselves in Shawinigan. Especially when it’s a start-up that has developed in our entrepreneurial ecosystem and is part of one of our four pillars of economic diversification:
Energy Efficiency and Green Technologies,” said Michel Angers, Mayor of Shawinigan.
Taiga is a Canadian company, founded in 2015, that is reinventing the Powersports landscape with breakthrough electric offroad vehicles. – CNW