The Lion Electric Co. (Lion), an innovative company manufacturing zero emission vehicles, revealed its brand new revolutionary all-electric 26 ft. midi/minibus, the eLIONM. The low-floor vehicle is built to meet paratransit/transit/urban requirements and will be able to travel 150 miles (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 at Lion. “The eLIONM will serve so many purposes that we already nicknamed it our 'Swiss Army Knife!' This 160 kWh 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, also stated that "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 is also the only integrated OEM that makes its own chassis, battery packs and body in this category. This allows them to use the best components, technologies (i.e., battery swap and different charging options) and control the overall cost of their products; making it possible to offer the best vehicles at the best price.
Lion spent the last 8 years designing and developing all-electric vehicles and the last 3 years commercializing the eLIONC, an all-electric Type C school bus. The company has already deployed more than 150 eLIONC’s, with more than a million miles driven. Lion has the biggest fleet of all-electric Type C school buses in North America.
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 also start manufacturing a new complete line of all-electric trucks in 2019, leveraging the technologies developed over the last 8 years. It is specifically looking at specialty medium- to heavy-duty urban trucks (Classes 5-8). The vehicles will range from ambulances, service trucks, cranes and delivery trucks.