Amazon is now part of a growing number of customers for Lion Electric vehicles. The company that entered the zero-emission market with electric school buses now sees demand increase for its electric trucks.
Amazon ordered ten Lion Electric trucks as part of its The Climate Pledge initiative. It also includes the largest order for Rivian to date for 10,000 electric vehicles. Daimler too joined this month as the online retail giant put an order over 1,800 electric vans in.
For the Quebéc-based Lion Electric, Amazon’s ten-vehicle-order is still a big deal. It follows their largest order for e-trucks to date when Canada’s rail service requested 50 battery-electric trucks this September as reported. Another large order over 31 electric school buses came in from Canada through Transdev in June. It is busy times for Lion Electric.
The company launched an all-electric urban class 8 truck with a range of “up to 400 kilometres” (250 miles) last year. It appears that Amazon has purchased this model for its electric fleet.
Lion claims they can stack up to 480 kWh of battery packs in the Lion8 and configure it with an up to 350 kW and 3,500 Nm torque electric powertrain. The DC fast-charge rate is given at 100 kW.
In the case of Amazon, the truck was required to prove its performance in various conditions, explained the CEO of Lion, Marc Bédard: “They came to drive them in various conditions, in the snow, in good weather. We’ve been in talks with them for a long time. They validated the product.”
Minister of the Economy of Quebec, Pierre Fitzgibbon also welcomed the order. “A winning agreement between a Quebec company and Amazon. When we bring together transport electrification and exports, it is a win-win for all of Quebec. This is what we want with our battery sector,” he said.
La Compagnie Électrique Lion was founded in Quebéc twelve years ago and employs about 360 people at its head office and plant in Saint-Jérôme, in the Laurentians.