Lion Electric Co. reveals all-electric midi/minibus
The Lion Electric Co. revealed its new all-electric 26-ft (8-m) midi/minibus, eLionM. The low-floor vehicle is built to meet paratransit, transit, and urban requirements and will be able to travel 150 mi (240 km) on a single charge.
“The launch of this new vehicle represents a major achievement for Lion, our society, and our environment,” said Marc Bedard, Founder and CEO of Lion. “The eLionM will serve so many purposes that we already nicknamed it our ‘Swiss Army Knife.’ This 160-kW·h vehicle is one of a kind and is not a retrofit; it’s a custom-built, zero-emission, and energy-efficient solution specifically built with transportation operators and agencies in mind.”
Peter Rego, Lion’s Chief Commercial Officer USA, added, “We already started taking pre-orders and are excited to continue to demonstrate our commitment to cleaner air, a healthy population, and a greener planet with this new vehicle. We just completed the biggest deployment of all-electric school buses in the USA, and it’s clearly just the beginning.”
Lion says it is the only integrated OEM that makes its own chassis, battery packs, and body in this category. The company spent the last eight years designing and developing all-electric vehicles and the last three years commercializing the eLionC, an all-electric Type C school bus. More than 150 eLionCs have been deployed with more than a million miles driven.
In addition to distributing the eLionC and eLionM, Lion will also introduce the eLionA this summer, an electric minibus designed to meet school transportation requirements.
Lion will start manufacturing a new complete line of all-electric trucks in 2019. The company is specifically looking at specialty medium- to heavy-duty urban trucks (classes 5 to 8). The vehicles will range from ambulances and service trucks to cranes and delivery trucks.