Vicinity Motor Corp., a North American supplier of commercial electric vehicles, has provided a corporate update on the construction of the company's new manufacturing facility in Ferndale, Washington.
The property is located near the Company's Aldergrove, British Columbia Canadian Headquarters with easy access to port, rail, and truck shipping and receiving facilities.
Operations at the facility will include vehicle assembly and upfitting, "Buy America" compliant assembly, pre-delivery inspections, research, and development, as well as general technical work and servicing.
"We are pleased to report the expected procurement and installation of a power solution for our Ferndale facility by year-end - enabling us to secure our certificate of occupancy," said William Trainer, Chief Executive Officer of Vicinity Motor Corp.
Bridging the Production Gap
"The Ferndale facility is exciting as it was built to accommodate both buses and trucks, with a capacity of up to 1,000 buses per year or up to 10,000 trucks at the projected maximum production rate. We are currently in the process of certifying our 4.2-acre campus as a Free Trade Zone, allowing our vehicles to be easily exported to Canada.
"As a reminder to our investors, the Ferndale facility is a significant asset to the company, representing an unencumbered asset valued at over US$15 million, plus equipment and additional leasehold improvements — which was paid for from VMC's treasury and owned outright.
"While the electrical switch supply chain challenges have certainly pushed the expected spool-up of production at the new facility into 2023, we are encouraged by our team's solution to advance our timeline and the strong potential to bridge this production gap utilizing our Canadian manufacturing facility. We believe that our Aldergrove facility can produce approximately 50 VMC 1200 units a month as an interim solution to meet our delivery schedule. As we bring Ferndale production online in the first quarter of 2023, we will be well positioned to capture market share and harvest our significant US$150 million backlog as of September 30th, 2022. I look forward to providing our investors with continued updates on our progress in the months ahead as we strive to electrify both government and corporate fleets continent-wide, helping to create value for my fellow shareholders," concluded Trainer.
Recent Purchase Orders
Along with Vicinity Motors expanding its facilities, it has also secured a big purchase from Pioneer Auto Group.
The recipient of the purchase is for 1,000 VMC 1200 Class 3 electric trucks and exceeds $100 million in revenue.
The CEO stated in a press release they are pleased with the company’s new milestone.
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