The Windsor electric vehicle battery plant needs a million tonnes of gravel. This is how it will get here


More than a million tonnes of crushed stone is on its way to Windsor-Essex as part of the new $4.9 billion electric vehicle battery plant – and the deadline is tight.

Windsor Port Authority CEO Steve Salmons said aggregate is shipped here via the Great Lakes from four quarries — one in Michigan, one in Ohio and two in northern Ontario.

All this material must arrive before Christmas. Project partners are committed to commissioning the plant by the target date of 2024, Salmons said.

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Port Authority Chairman Steve Salmons chats with CBC Windsor Morning host Peter Duck about the tons of gravel arriving in Windsor.

And as winter sets in, it’s important to establish the plant base, he said.

“Not only so they can stabilize the site…to start construction next year, but also the weight of the gravel itself not only serves as a solid foundation for the plant, but it actually presses the land and flush water so that the plant base, plant site and foundation are stable for next year.”

Crushed stone for the Stellantis-LG Energy Solution EV battery plant project arrives by ship. (Darrin DiCarlo/CBC)

It will take more than 50 truckloads to complete the delivery, which Salmons says is more environmentally friendly and more cost effective than shipping by truck alone.

After the gravel arrives in Windsor, 400 truckloads per day will be transported to the final destination, the future plant site on Twin Oaks Drive near Windsor International Airport.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford joined federal ministers, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens and industry leaders on March 23, 2022 to announce the first electric vehicle batteries in Canada in Windsor. (Mike Evans/CBC)

The electric vehicle battery plant, a partnership between automaker Stellantis and LG Energy Solution announced in March, is expected to be as large as 112 NHL hockey rinks.

This was the first lithium-ion electric vehicle battery plant project announced in Canada.

CBC News has contacted Stellantis for comment.

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