Friday, 07 May 2021 23:16

Lion Electric Announces Zero-Emission Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Manufacturing Facility in IL


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The Lion Electric Company, a leading manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles, on May 7 announced it has selected Joliet, IL, for the construction of its U.S. manufacturing facility.

The new facility will represent the largest dedicated production site for zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles in the U.S. and Lion's biggest footprint in the market, giving the company the ability to meet the increasing demand in the marketplace for "Made in America" zero-emission vehicles, while simultaneously bringing production closer to its customers.


As part of its agreement with the government of Illinois, Lion has committed to an initial investment of at least U.S. $70 million over a three-year period.


The 900,000-square foot facility, for which building ramp up is anticipated in the second half of 2021, is expected to add a minimum of 745 clean energy direct jobs to the region over the next three years, with an annual production capacity of up to 20,000 all-electric buses and trucks.


This additional production capacity will aid Lion in scaling electric bus production as the U.S. market moves to electrify a large portion of its school bus fleet, as well as to produce a larger number of heavy-duty zero-emission trucks as governments and operators throughout the U.S. look to decarbonize freight and transportation fleets.


Lion anticipates the first vehicles will roll off the production line in the second half of 2022.


"Lion is the leader in electric school buses and has always been dedicated to the U.S. market, and our commitment to be close to our customers is one of the core values we have as a company," said Marc Bedard, CEO and founder of Lion. "This significant expansion into the U.S. market will not only allow us to drastically increase our overall manufacturing capacity of electric trucks and buses but to also...

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