Vicinity Motor Corp. hosted the grand opening ceremony of its 100,000-square-foot campus in Ferndale, Washington. With an annual assembly capacity of up to 850 low- and zero-emission buses and 6,250 Class 3 all-electric trucks, the facility will immediately start cutting into VMC's order backlog of more than $150 million, which includes recent deals with Lafarge Canada, Transdev and Pioneer Auto Group.
In addition to assembly and upfitting, the Ferndale campus will be used to conduct pre-delivery inspections, research and development, and general technical and servicing work. Current VMC models that can be assembled at the Ferndale campus include: VMC 1200: Powered by cutting-edge Li-Ion battery technology that provides approximately 100 kWh of power, this ultra-quiet Class 3 electric truck can travel up to 150 miles/240 kilometers fully loaded on a single charge. Vicinity Classic and Lightning: Running on electric, compressed natural gas (CNG), or clean-diesel powertrains, these mid-size buses are proving popular among transit operators seeking reliability at significantly lower price points than rival offerings, and superior durability than is offered by cut-away buses built on truck chassis.