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First Mode celebrated a key milestone recently with the grand opening of its factory in the SoDo district of Seattle. Several dignitaries, including Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and Zero Emission Transportation Association Executive Director Albert Gore III, and other key government, industry, and union leaders, attended a ribbon cutting and toured the company’s new smart manufacturing facility.

The 40,000 square foot factory is now one of the largest clean tech manufacturing facilities in the city. Each year, it will produce the components and systems for up to 150 First Mode hybrid EV (HEV) retrofits. In addition, it is equipped to not only double its annual HEV throughput but rapidly pivot to full battery and hydrogen fuel cell EV retrofits as customer demand also grows for our zero-emissions products.

First Mode’s $22 million factory will employ up to 30 staff locally to help decarbonize heavy industry.

What differentiates First Mode’s HEV from the rest is its flexible, interoperable design that readies a haul truck for the final step on its path to zero emissions. Specifically, the design “feeds forward” into either First Mode’s full battery or next-generation hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle drivetrains, both of which are diesel-free.

“Our customers are feeling the need to decarbonize. Whether you believe in climate change or not, moving towards electrification is the way to go. It’s more efficient and less energy-intensive compared to diesel and buying fossil fuels. Our customers are really excited about getting started,” said Julian Soles, CEO, First Mode. “With our factory, the clean energy future for heavy industry begins here in Seattle. [This is] because greener economies require greener minerals, and greener minerals require greener mines.”

With an annual expected throughput of up to 150 HEV units, the First Mode factory is poised to generate the equivalent environmental impact of taking 90,000 passenger cars off the road each year.