The Lion Electric Company announced that it has produced its first zero-emission LionC at its US plant in Joliet, illinois.
«Today is a significant milestone for Lion. On behalf of the entire management team, I would like to express my appreciation to all of our employees for their passion and commitment to producing our first American-made zero-emission school bus in approximately 18 months», said Eric Pansegrau, General Manager of Lion’s Joliet plant. Who added: «We are excited to have entered the production start-up phase, with an initial focus on the all-electric LionC school bus. We will spare no effort in gradually increasing production, which we expect to be spread over the coming quarters».

Production of the first LionC comes at a time when market demand for all-electric school buses is accelerating thanks to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus programme, which has awarded funding for more than 2,200 all-electric buses to school districts across the country.

This was the first round of funding, with USD 968 million out of a total of USD 5 billion to be allocated over the next five years.m Lion will initially focus on the production of all-electric school buses at the Joliet plant, with a gradual increase in production from the fourth quarter of 2022. The Joliet plant is expected to have a production capacity of up to 20,000 fully electric buses and trucks.


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