Nov 7, 2020

EnerSys & SMC Group: Partners for a Long Battery Life

Manufacturing
Sustainability
EnerSys
Energy
Sam Scane
2 min
In an effort to infiltrate the Texas and Oklahoma battery markets, EnerSys and SMC Group have joined forces...

EnerSys and Sanitary Maintenance Consultants (SMC Group) recently joined forces to represent NexSys’s PURE battery production portfolio and strengthen the former’s distribution and industry reach throughout Texas and Oklahoma.

The combination of these companies will further the technology of cleaning equipment by providing a maintenance-free power solution designed to save time spent on labour-intensive tasks, remove battery cleaning and eliminate the risk of damaging acid spills on floors or carpets. 

EnerSys, the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, manufactures and distributes energy system solutions to customers world wide. Their expertise range from speciality batteries, energy systems and power equipment which are utilised from aerospace to defence systems across the globe. 

“Reliable, cost-effective and convenient power for cleaning equipment has never been more vital as facilities prepare to reopen amid COVID-19,” said Edward Pogue, Sales Manager, NexSys Products Americas at EnerSys. “NexSys® PURE batteries are uniquely engineered to withstand repeated daily use while providing premium, long-lasting performance and simplified maintenance.”

This seemingly perfect fusion may in-fact pave the way for other technologies to optimise cleaning technology across the world. Companies such as Fetch Robotics are already doing the same, with their cleaning bots that can work autonomously around humans while being controlled by the cloud.

Sanitary Maintenance Consultants have over four decades of janitorial and sanitation experience, connect an extensive distributor and end-user base with innovative manufacturers and their products across all of Texas and Oklahoma, utilising in-person and digital training for distributor and sales personnel, alongside interactive product demonstrations. 

“The NexSys® PURE battery is a premium product that provides reliable power with minimal maintenance – a solution that is invaluable to our customers throughout the cleaning industry,” said William Struck, President, Sanitary Maintenance Consultants, Inc. “We look forward to working with EnerSys and adding NexSys® PURE batteries to our offering.”

It seems the automation of cleanliness is getting an upgrade, and it’s safe to say that in a world still reeling from COVID, we need these little cleaner bots more than ever. 

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May 10, 2021

Lion Electric to Construct US EV Manufacturing Facility

ElectricVehicles
SmartManufacturing
Sustainability
Technology
Georgia Wilson
3 min
Lion Electric |Smart Manufacturing | Sustainable Manufacturing | Electric Vehicles | Electric School Buses | Electric Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles | Sustainability | Technology | Freight | Transportation
Lion Electric announces its selection of Illinois to construct its all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicle manufacturing facility...

Who is Lion Electric?

Founded in 2008, Lion Electric is an innovative manufacturer of all-electric, zero-emissions, medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles. Lion Electric designs, manufactures, and assembles all components for its vehicles that have unique features specifically adapted to the users and their needs. “We believe that transitioning to all-electric vehicles will lead to major improvements in our society, environment and overall quality of life,” believes Lion Electric. 

Lion Electric’s new Illinois Manufacturing Facility

Just two months after announcing plans to construct a battery manufacturing plant and innovation centre in Quebec, Lion Electric is expanding its locations further, selecting Joliet, Illinois for its new manufacturing facility in the US.

The new facility is said to “represent the largest dedicated production site for zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles in the US,” as well as being the company’s biggest footprint in the market. The new facility will give Lion Electric the capacity to meet increasing demand for ‘Made in America’ zero-emission vehicles and bring production closer to customers. 

It is expected that the first vehicles off the production line will be in the second half of 2022.

“Lion’s historic investment to bring its largest production facility to Illinois represents not only a win for our communities, but a strong step forward in our work to expand clean energy alternatives and the jobs they bring to our communities,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker. 

“The new Joliet facility will put Illinois at the forefront of a national movement to transition to zero-emission vehicle use, advancing our own goals of putting one million of these cars on the road by 2030. In Illinois, we know that a clean energy economy is about more than just vehicles – it’s about healthier communities and jobs for those who live there. We are excited to welcome Lion to the Land of Lincoln and look forward to their future success here.”

Lion Electric’s Agreement with the Government of Illinois

Over the next three years, Lion Electric will invest a minimum of US$70mn into Illinois. The new facility - totalling 900,000 square feet - is expected to create a minimum of 745 clean energy direct jobs in the next three years, and have an annual production capacity of up to 20,000 all electric buses and trucks.

Scaling electric bus production and decarbonising freight and transportation

As the US moves to electrifying its school buses, the additional production capacity at the facility will help Lion Electric to scale its electric bus production, as well as produce an increased volume of heavy-duty zero-emission trucks to help governments and operators in the US further the decarbonisation of freight and transportation fleets.

“Lion is the leader in electric school buses and has always been dedicated to the U.S. market, and our commitment to be close to our customers is one of the core values we have as a company. This significant expansion into the U.S. market will not only allow us to drastically increase our overall manufacturing capacity of electric trucks and buses but to also better serve our customers, while adding critical clean manufacturing jobs that will form the backbone of the green economy,” said Marc Bedard, CEO and Founder of Lion.

“I also want to acknowledge the crucial role that P33 and Intersect Illinois, civic groups committed to developing developing a long-term roadmap for the local tech industry, played in connecting Lion with the Chicago area’s business and civic community to help further commercial traction, as well as engagement with key workforce and supplier partners.” 

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