The demand for zero-emission transportation is rising, and the world is becoming ever more committed to combatting climate change. Hexagon Purus, whose purpose is to help drive energy transformation through zero emission mobility solutions, announces that it will start construction of a new manufacturing facility for battery packs and hydrogen storage systems in Kelowna. This is expected to bring more than 100 new skilled jobs to the city.
On July 5th, McKay Property Group broke ground on the new micro-factory, a 60,000 square foot highly automated facility to house the production of battery packs and hydrogen fuel storage systems for medium- and heavy-duty battery and fuel cell electric commercial vehicles. “We are thrilled to bring this project to life, welcoming a future-oriented and environmentally conscious company like Hexagon Purus to expand its business in Kelowna”, says Steve McKay, CEO of McKay Property Group.
Hexagon Purus, a world leading provider of zero emission electric drivetrain solutions for commercial vehicles, is part of the Hexagon Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of carbon fiber pressure cylinders and storage systems. Hexagon enables storage, transport, and conversion to clean energy in a wide range of mobility, industrial and consumer applications, delivering safe and innovative solutions for a cleaner energy future.
The site will also be a technical center of excellence providing engineering, research and development for Hexagon Purus, as well as its sister company Hexagon Agility, which designs and produces compressed natural gas fuel storage systems.
Todd Sloan, President of Hexagon Purus Systems and a long time Kelowna resident, was one of the founders of the predecessor company of Hexagon Purus and Hexagon Agility which first opened in Kelowna in 2001. He now leads a Hexagon Purus team that will grow to 150 people by 2024. “Deciding on the site for this world class facility was an easy choice. Kelowna continues to evolve and grow into a world-class city, allowing us to attract top talent in all areas of our organization”, says Sloan.
After several years of innovating and securing strategic patents, the Hexagon Purus team in Kelowna has developed best-in-class e-mobility products that have caught the eye of major vehicle manufacturers worldwide. “The City of Kelowna is excited and welcomes this promising project, generating new job opportunities whilst helping our city to develop and move forward towards a greener future through innovation”, says Brad Sieben, Kelowna City Councilor.
The new manufacturing facility is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2022.