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Electric motor company to open Calgary plant with 50 jobs

first_imgRELATED COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement Motor Mouth: Is Canada’s automotive industry about to get recharged? First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened Plugged In: The emerging marketplace of pre-owned electric vehiclesThe new manufacturing facility, which the company hopes will be certified for automotive production by the end of 2022, will have the capability to produce up to 100,000 units per year across all the company’s coil driver product range. The facility will also provide a foundation for the company to grow over the next three years, Exro said in a news release, and the company will continue to pursue licensing contracts for future high-volume manufacturing.The new facility will be located in southeast Calgary, off of Glenmore Trail. Exro Technologies currently has 40 employees, most of them in Calgary, but a spokesman for the company said the new facility will mean the hiring of another 50 people.“We think Calgary is a great source of the talent to take Exro to global markets,” chief marketing officer Richard Meaux said in an email.In an interview with Postmedia last fall, Ozdemir said Calgary is a good fit for the company because of its talented pool of oil and gas engineers who can easily transition to jobs in clean tech. She said she believes the electrification of North America’s vehicle fleet is coming faster than many may think, but added Albertans should embrace, not fear, the transition.“The resources we get out of Alberta, we’re going to need those for many, many years to come,” Ozdemir said. “And I think finding that balance is really the key to the right model of transition to electrification. I definitely think that Calgary has the ability to offer that.”In addition to passenger cars, Exro says its product line is scalable to many other types of electric vehicles, including trucks, motorcycles and bikes.LISTEN: How EVs have saved Canada’s automotive manufacturing sector. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca A clean tech company that aims to improve the performance and efficiency of electric motors will set up a 37,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Calgary.Exro Technologies Inc., which relocated to Calgary from Vancouver last year, announced Wednesday that it expects its new facility to be open by the end of the year. The publicly traded company, which is headed by Sue Ozdemir, a former CEO at General Electric, has developed a new class of power electronics for electric motors and batteries. With its patented “coil driver” technology, which the company says provides electric motors with more torque and speed, Exro Technologies aims to become a supplier to the consumer electric vehicle market.Exro already has an “innovation centre” in Calgary, and Exro said that facility will continue to be the company’s centre for research and development, design and testing, and the piloting of prototypes. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Sue Ozdemir, CEO of Exro Technologies, in the company’s “innovation centre” last year. Exro has announced it will open a manufacturing plant in Calgary in 2022.  Gavin Young/Postmedia RELATED TAGSElectricFlexCalgaryElectric VehiclesNew VehiclesTechnologyAlbertaCalgaryElectric VehiclesExroFlexlocalManufacturingTechnology Subscribe to Plugged In on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. See More Videos Trending in Canada ‹ Previous Next › Trending Videoslast_img read more