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Posted:  May 16, 2024

The Canadian government has targeted the year 2035 as the year when 100% of all new vehicles sold will be zero-emission cars. While that seems far on the horizon to some, for vehicle manufacturers, it involves years of planning and development to meet Canada’s zero-emission vehicle target.

It’s not just brands like Tesla who have plunged head-first into the electric vehicle (EV) market. Most major manufacturers have developed or are developing EVs to meet the increased demand as the electric vehicle availability standard increases over the next decade. Electric vehicles (EVs) have emerged as the vanguard of sustainable transportation, promising cleaner air, quieter streets, and a greener future.

Many manufacturers are turning to the expertise of multi-trade contractors like Roberts Onsite to help with planning, developing and retrofitting existing automotive plants to accommodate the heart of these EVs: electric battery packs. The power source plays a crucial role in the EV, and the builders leave no detail spared in constructing the central nervous system of these electric vehicles. Join us as we delve into the intricate process of setting up equipment in an EV battery assembly plant.

Chapter 1: The foundation begins with proper planning

Before the hum of machinery fills the air, meticulous planning is the most crucial step in laying the foundation for a successful EV plant. In this phase, engineers, architects, and designers collaborate to create a blueprint that aligns with the plant’s objectives. There are three levels of meetings that encompass all areas of the project; from high-level executive meetings to daily meetings with those who are on the floor at the ground level of the project. Plotting out every step in great detail, Roberts Onsite ensures compliance and efficiency, from zoning regulations to environmental considerations. This is where we create timelines and expectations, ensuring that everyone has a clear understanding of the tasks and their respective deadlines.

Planning meeting

Chapter 2: Procurement and logistics

As the blueprint of the electric vehicle battery plant takes shape, the focus turns to sourcing the essential components for the project: the machinery. From cathode and anode production lines to cell assembly stations, each piece plays a vital role in the battery manufacturing process. Coordinating with suppliers, tooling vendors, and logistics teams orchestrates a symphony of deliveries, ensures timely arrivals to keep the project on track and avoid as much downtime as possible.

Chapter 3: Installation and integration

With the machinery in place, this next phase is where the real work begins inside a battery plant. Roberts Onsite’s skilled technicians and engineers transform the empty shell of the plant into a bustling hive of activity. The critical groundwork laid in the pre-planning phase often saves time and money in the installation process by minimizing inefficiencies and making the system plug and play.

During the installation, the industrial mechanics meticulously install, calibrate, and integrate each piece of equipment into the EV assembly line. From robotic arms to precision welders, the plant comes to life with the promise of innovation and progress.

Ev battery assembly line

Chapter 4: Testing and optimization

As the assembly line takes shape inside the electric battery plant, rigorous testing continues to ensure every piece of equipment is operating properly and there are no issues on the assembly line. Our team implements quality control measures to ensure compliance with industry standards and regulations. Engineers fine-tune processes, tweaking parameters to maximize efficiency and output. Every iteration brings the plant closer to its full potential, inching towards the production of high-performance batteries that will power the next generation of electric vehicles.

Trust the experience behind Canada’s first EV battery plant multi-trade contractor

As the electric vehicle universe is a brave new world for many manufacturers, having a wealth of experience in this realm is invaluable. Roberts Onsite successfully spearheaded the conversion of Canada’s first electric vehicle battery plant.

Converting traditional gasoline engine assembly lines to battery pack assembly lines doesn’t happen by accident; it’s the countless work behind the scenes that carries these projects across the finish line. As more automotive manufacturers turn to zero emission power sources, there’s no one more experienced in this field than Roberts Onsite.

Contact Roberts Onsite today to discuss the opportunity to work on your electric vehicle installation or retrofit project.

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