To meet the demand for zero-emission transportation, Hexagon Purus is opening a microfactory near Kelowna International Airport.
“Our mission is clean air everywhere, that is our vision,” said Todd Sloan, executive vice president of Hexagon Purus.
“In this factory we will manufacture battery packs and hydrogen systems for commercial vehicles, that is, long-distance transport, cube, everything commercial.”
The planned 60,000 square meter microfactory is to be replicated across North America.
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“Over the past 20 years we’ve gotten really good at installing large, heavy energy storage systems in commercial vehicles,” Sloan said.
“With the battery systems, we enjoy great credibility in the industry by producing permanently reliable energy storage devices. The other thing we’ve done really well is that the batteries we have are the lightest and smallest in the business. “
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The creation of the microfactory means that recruitment can begin now. The construction work should be completed by the end of September 2022.
“At the moment we’re hiring around five to ten people a month. Right now we’re primarily hiring engineering jobs – electrical, mechanical, manufacturing, engineering [jobs] – and in the second quarter of next year we will start hiring assembly staff for production, ”said Sloan.
“These are more likely to be highly technical jobs. This won’t be minimum wage work just because what we’re doing is technical. When dealing with high voltage and hydrogen, of course, we have to take safety very seriously. “
Sloan says the company is working to help Canadians meet the Liberal government’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2035.
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