The Island orders additional 35 LionC electric school buses
By Anthony Capkun
September 14, 2021 – Lion Electric Co.—a manufacturer of all-electric medium- and heavy-duty urban vehicles—announced it has received an order for 35 LionC school buses from and Prince Edward Island.
“It was just last November that [the province’s] initial acquisition of 12 buses was announced and, today, they are doubling down on their commitment to clean school transportation and the health of their communities,” said Marc Bedard, CEO & founder, Lion Electric.
Lion says the additional vehicles will join the 12 LionC buses already operating in the province, which have been servicing routes in the Charlottetown area since early 2021. Lion will also provide 35 Level 2 charging stations to The Island.
According to Lion’s website (today’s date), the LionC boasts a range of between 150 km to 250 km per charge.
With a total of 47 all-electric school buses in its fleet, Prince Edward Island will be one of the largest operators of zero-emission school buses in North America, says Lion.
The purchase was made, in part, using funds from the governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island, who are contributing over $6.3 million to the project through the Green Infrastructure stream (GIS) of the “Investing in Canada” infrastructure plan.
The manufacturer also says the province aims to replace its entire 332-school bus fleet with electric buses, as well as transition its transit operations to zero-emission vehicles.