Liberty Hill: Start-Up Electric, Off-Road Powersports Company Announces Plans for 53-Acre Facility
Features Illustration: An artist’s rendering by Volcon Inc. of their proposed electric powersports facility near Liberty HIll.
by Art Benavidez
Liberty Hill (Williamson County) — The Austin area’s electric vehicle manufacturing industry continues to grow as Volcon Inc., an electric powersports company, recently announced in a press release that they had secured a 53-acre property for their future factory headquarters.
Volcon did not disclose the exact location of the property, but the electric vehicle maker stated that the new factory will be near Liberty Hill. The headquarters will also feature a trail network through a dense mix of cedar and oak trees that will serve as the company’s proving grounds.
The project site also has a dry creek bed and running river, which Volcon said make this location ideal for continually testing and refining Volcon’s two- and four-wheeled vehicles, while rapidly incorporating production feedback.
Along with the planned factory-headquarter facilities and proving grounds, future development plans also include a customer experience center, off-road demo testing track, as well as an RV, zipline and camping site for Volcon clients to recreate and experience the Volcon lifestyle first-hand, the company stated.
The facilities will be used to manufacture the first of three models of off-road electrified vehicles. A family-friendly motorcycle named the Grunt will be first off the production line and delivered to customers beginning by spring of 2021, the company said.
Volcon Inc. reported that they had recently reached their public funding goal with over 1,000 investors.
Last month, Volcon ePowersports announced that they reached the $2.5 million mark on the WeFunder platform and since Sept. of 2020, a sum of more than $4.5 million had been raised for Volcon through a seed round of funding, as well as through WeFunder.
These funds will be used to continue the build-out of Volcon’s production facilities and assembly lines.
“The fact that we just launched officially in late October of this year and now have more than 1,000 investors who participated in our WeFunder campaign, just showcases the confidence and excitement people have in Volcon and the electric powersports segment,” said Andrew Leisner, Chief Executive Officer of Volcon.
The Stag and the Beast utility and sport utility terrain vehicles models will follow in late 2021 and into 2022.
According to Austin Inno, the Grunt is scheduled to be available in the second quarter of next year, with the Stag coming in quarter three and the larger Beast launches in early 2022.
The MSRP of pricing for the Stag model will start at an MSRP of $14,995 and the Beast will be available for a starting MSRP of $24,995.
“Crowdfunding this early round of funding was a complete success. It gave enthusiasts the ability to own a part of a pre-IPO EV company and gave the brand and category a dedicated fanbase of people who see the opportunity surrounding this new era of electric powersports products,” Leisner said.
This is the latest example of a leading EV brand joining other major electric vehicle manufacturers in the Austin area, such as Tesla, Ayro and Hyliion, in what is becoming the electric vehicle capital of the world.
Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.