The Lion Electric Co. (Lion revealed its brand new all-electric 26’ midi/minibus, the eLionM, at the Movin’On 2018 mobility summit in Montreal.
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,“ mentioned 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.”
The eLionM features a 149 kW (200 hp) electric motor, embedded 19.2 kW charger and high-performance batteries from LG Chem.
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.”
The midi/minibus, which was created and designed specifically for the paratransit market, will go on sale during the summer of 2018.
Lion Electric 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 eLionCs, 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 eight years. The company is specifically looking at specialty medium to heavy-duty urban trucks (classes 5 to 8). The vehicles will range from ambulances, service trucks, cranes and delivery trucks.