GREEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The Lion Electric Co. announced on October 10 that it has opened its second Lion Experience Center, in Green Island, N.Y. The important success of its first experience center in Sacramento, Calif., which was launched last fall, is providing training programs to help educate the public about electrification.
Similar to the first center, the center that is located in Green Island will help educate school districts, truck fleet operators, and transit bus operators about the possibilities offered by Lion’s electrification.
The center will also provide learning opportunities about EV capabilities, charging infrastructure, available funding and vehicle tours. Lion is a 100 percent EV manufacturer.
About the N.Y. Potential Towards Electrification
In New York state, 36 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector. To reduce these emissions, the state recently relaunched the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program, which is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
The program provides point of sale rebates to reduce the costs for businesses and cities that want to purchase new, clean, electric vehicles, like trucks and buses from Lion.
This program propelled Lion to make its move to the eastern U.S., and specifically New York. New York state is an inspiring example and pioneer to follow on sustainable energy and technologies. Lion officials are proud to take part in its forward-looking progress. After gaining popularity in eastern states such as Florida, Michigan and New York, Lion officials felt it made sense to now offer the company’s services from one coast to the other.
“Lion is dedicated to the New York market and we are taking another step towards accelerating the adoption of heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles by opening a Lion Experience Center, here, in the heart of this great state,” mentioned Marc Bedard, founder and CEO at Lion. “Our Experience Center will continue to serve many purposes, but will be a space where the EV community can gather for teaching, learning, training and education purposes primarily.”
“Our Capital Region is a natural home for this exciting project, which will draw on innovative technologies to help create and support good jobs, drive research, reduce climate pollution and support our transition to a cleaner, more sustainable transportation system,” Congressman Tonko said.
“Lion’s new Experience Center in Green Island holds great promise as a place that will provide for the education and training of local leaders, transportation industry members, and school districts,” Tonko noted. “It holds the potential to inspire generations of local scientists, engineers and other technical professionals, adding to the pioneering spirit of our Capital Region and helping us develop a greener, more resilient economy. Congratulations to Lion Electric Company for this forward-looking investment in our Capital Region and for their dedication to pioneering new clean technologies.”
Alicia Barton, president and CEO of NYSERDA, said, “The electrification of our transportation system is a priority for the state in meeting Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading greenhouse gas reduction goal. In order to accomplish our energy goals, we must look for opportunities like the Lion Experience Center to educate businesses and decision-makers on the benefits electric vehicles provide—not only to their bottom line, but to the environment and health of our communities across the state.”
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner, Basil Seggos, also said, “New York is leading the nation in reducing [its] carbon footprint, supported by significant investments and initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, which is currently the largest source of this climate-altering pollution. New, innovative emission-free trucks and buses, like those produced by Lion Electric, reduce air pollution and benefit public health and our environment. DEC is encouraged by Lion Electric Co’s innovation and work to promote and educate stakeholders and future generations about the importance of clean energy and cleaner transportation options.”
Catherine Loubier, Quebec’s Delegate General in New York, commented that “Quebec is proud to count on innovators like the Lion Electric Co. With the inauguration of a new experience center in New York state, Lion helps accelerate the transition toward transportation electrification and a greener future. With our clean, available hydropower and market-ready cleantech solutions, Quebec is a ready, willing and able partner for decarbonization in the Northeast.”
About The Lion Electric Co.
The Lion Electric Co. is an innovative manufacturer of zero-emission vehicles. Lion creates, designs and manufactures all-electric school buses, minibuses for paratransit, shuttle buses, and urban trucks. Lion, the North American leader in electric OEM, designs, builds, and assembles all of its vehicles’ components: chassis, battery packs and cabins.
Always actively seeking new technologies, Lion vehicles have unique features that are specifically adapted to its users and their everyday needs. Lion believes that transitioning to all-electric vehicles will lead to major improvements in our society, environment and overall quality of life. www.thelionelectric.com