When the Hexagon Purus factory opens in the summer of 2022, Kelowna is set to become a player in the heavy-duty EV battery and hydrogen space. Located in the Kelowna Airport Industrial Park, the factory broke ground last month.
This is the second facility in the city for Hexagon. Currently, the company runs a small shop that builds battery packs and hydrogen fuel storage units. This 20 person shop will move to the new factory location once completed.
When it is up and running, Hexagon Purus will employ 150 people in Kelowna, reports KelownaNow. In addition, the factory will turn out 5,000 battery-pack and hydrogen fuel storage units designed for large trucks annually.
The expansion to the North American market has long been a goal for Hexagon. The company currently has factories in Germany and North Carolina, and the new Kelowna location will help the company meet demand from North American trucking companies.
As of right now, the company has orders from Freightliner, Hino and International.
Hexagon Purus is a spin-off division of Hexagon Composites. Both companies call Norway home and trade on the Euronext Growth Oslo stock market.