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New Electric Vehicle Experience Center Celebrates Largest Deployment of Zero-Emission School Buses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lion Electric Co. announced today that 19 school districts are being recognized as pioneers for adopting zero-emission, all-electric school buses that benefit communities throughout California.

Tim Shannon, transportation director for Twin Rivers Unified.

Lion’s new Electric Vehicle Experience Center opening is celebrating the largest deployment of electric school buses nationwide, which is eliminating [diesel] exposures for California school children. These all-electric school buses provide a healthy breathing environment for students, school bus drivers, mechanics and all Californians, company officials said.

Lion, which is the nation’s leading manufacturer of electric school buses, is officially opening the Lion Experience Center in Sacramento, Calif., the company said. The center will help educate school districts, truck fleet operators, and transit bus operators on the possibilities of electrifying their fleets. The center is a teaching space available to school districts, fleet operators, and agencies to learn about EV capabilities, charging, available grants and vehicle tours.

Lion has already sold over 150 electric Type C school buses in North America, and in May 2018, launched an electric minibus to meet customer needs in paratransit, school, and public transportation requirements. Lion is also broadening its vehicle offering by developing class 5 to 8 all-electric trucks. In addition, Class 8 vehicles will be launched early 2019, the company announced.

“Opening our first Lion Experience Center represents a major achievement to serve school districts, fleet operators, and the community,” noted Marc Bedard, founder/CEO of Lion. “Our Experience Centers will be a space where the EV community can gather for training, teaching and educational purposes.”

Peter Rego, Lion’s chief commercial officer USA, also stated that “this is the first time a school bus manufacturer dedicates a showcase to highlight electric buses. Our commitment to zero-emission and energy-efficient solutions can now be opened up to neighboring districts, schools and agencies all over California.”

Rego also mentioned that “we will continue to provide best-in-class customer support all over the United States and will rapidly deploy multiple Experience Centers to meet the growing demand for electric buses nationwide.”

Lion has deployed over 150 electric school buses in California, New York, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Canada.

Lion VP Nate Baguio will recognize and thank customers in California for their leadership to make positive change for their communities. “Current and future generations thank you for your commitment to clean the air and protect children from toxic emissions in and around dirty diesel school buses,” he said. “Welcome to the Lion Family!”

Lion would like to specifically thank the following districts for their vision and dedication to a healthier and greener planet:

  • Central Unified School District
  • Elk Grove Unified School District
  • Fall River Unified School District
  • Gonzales Unified School District
  • Healdsburg Unified School District
  • Jurupa Unified School District
  • Konocti Unified School District
  • Lynwood Unified School District
  • Oroville Unified School District
  • Palermo Unified School District
  • Pittsburg Unified School District
  • Plumas Unified School District
  • Rescue Unified School District
  • Sanger Unified School District
  • Santa Rita Unified School District
  • Today’s Fresh Start Charter School
  • Twin Rivers Unified School District
  • Ukiah Unified School District
  • Wilsona Unified School District

About the Lion Electric Co.

Lion Electric Co. is an innovative manufacturer of zero emission vehicles. Since its foundation in 2008, Lion’s mission has been to develop durable, integrated solutions, while reducing its environmental footprint. Always actively seeking new technologies, Lion vehicles have unique features that are specifically adapted to its users and their everyday needs. The company believes that transitioning to all-electric vehicles will lead to major improvements in our community, environment and overall quality of life.

Lion staff at their Sacramento facility.

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