Lion Electric has received a conditional purchase order for 200 all-electric LionC school buses from Langs Bus Lines in Ontario, Canada. Deliveries should begin gradually in 2022, through to 2026.
Langs Bus Lines Limited operates over 600 school buses and minibuses throughout Southern Ontario. The bus operator is already familiar with Lion Electric buses. Langs Bus Lines has been operating a LionC school bus since 2019, which was supported by the Electric School Bus Pilot Program of the Ontario Climate Change Action Plan.
In Canada, the electrification of school buses has been possible with a government initiative. Grants are available for the purchase of electric buses under Infrastructure Canada’s Zero-Emission Transit Fund (ZETF). The above-mentioned purchase will first be possible with the granting of this support, for which Langs Bus Lines has filed a formal application. Lion is due for another, even larger purchase dependent on this fund: In October just passed, Lion Electric received a conditional purchase order for 1,000 all-electric LionC school buses from Student Transportation of Canada (STC).
Under the ZETF program, the Canadian government is aiming to invest $2.75 billion over a five-year period to support both public transport authorities as well as school bus operators to transition their fleets off fossil fuels.
“It is very encouraging to see so much momentum in the market for zero-emission school buses throughout Canada, and Lion is proud have the opportunity to be part of this large deployment in Ontario in collaboration with a great partner like Langs Bus Lines. We look forward to future deployments of electric school buses in Ontario,” said Marc Bedard, CEO – Founder of Lion Electric.
Apart from having literally hundreds of electric school buses on order in Canada, this year, the company announced its IPO and revealed the location of a new plant in Illinois, USA.
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