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Lion Electric Awarded by Calif. Energy Commission for School Bus Replacement Program

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Energy Commission has officially awarded The Lion Electric Co. Type A (without chair lift), Type C and Type D, Bulk Purchase Pricing for the Electric School Buses funding opportunity (GFO-18-604), Lion announced today.

Awarded school districts can purchase Lion’s zero-emission school buses through the Energy Commission’s School Bus Replacement Program.

Lion has deployed more than 200 electric school buses in North America, with more than 2 million miles of service, the world’s largest deployment of zero-emission school buses.

The result of this award will make possible the deployment of hundreds of additional new electric school buses in California in the coming months.

“School buses are by far the safest way for kids to get to school. But diesel-powered buses are not safe for kids’ developing lungs, which are particularly vulnerable to harmful air pollution. Making the transition to electric school buses that don’t emit pollution provides children and their communities with cleaner air and numerous public health benefits,” said Energy Commissioner Patty Monahan.

“The Energy Commission is proud to support this transition to protect the health of children throughout the state, something that will help all Californians breathe easier,” commented Monahan.

Lion’s Vice President, Nate Baguio, stated, “We thank the California Energy Commission for providing the needed incentives to deploy zero-emission public school buses to best serve school transportation needs, substantially reduce greenhouse gas emission, and eliminate toxic emission exposures to both schoolchildren and the surrounding communities. We look forward to working with the Energy Commission to deliver quality, zero-emission school buses while providing robust service and training for school districts throughout California.”

“We are thankful to have the chance to leverage our extensive electric bus experience to successfully deliver additional electric school buses with the Energy Commission, says Marc Bedard, Lion’s CEO and founder. “This allows us to continue support school districts to deploy zero-emission school buses that have the lowest total cost of ownership, substantially improve maintenance and performance, and sustainably transport California’s children to and from school.”

California Energy Commissioners and The Lion Electric Team. (PRNewsfoto/The Lion Electric Co.)
California Energy Commissioners and The Lion Electric Team. (PRNewsfoto/The Lion Electric Co.)

About The Lion Electric Co.

The Lion Electric Co. is an innovative manufacturer of zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles. The company designs, engineers and manufactures all-electric buses and minibusses for the school, paratransit and mass transit markets, as well as commercial urban electric trucks. Lion is a leader in transportation electrification in North America.

Lion was the first company to manufacture zero-emission school buses, and the only electric school bus manufacturer with over 2 million road miles traveled. Hundreds of LionC school buses are already driving on roads in North America.

Lion designs and assembles all components for its vehicles: the chassis, battery units and bodies. Lion’s cutting-edge vehicles have unique features that are specially tailored to the everyday needs of the individuals that use them. Transitioning to purpose-built, all-electric vehicles will lead to operational, economic and environmental benefits for the drivers, passengers and surrounding community.

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