Lion Electric and Boivin Evolution sell their first Lion8 EVS to Waste Connections
The Lion Electric Co. (Lion) and Boivin Evolution (BEV) announced in a press release issued on July 6 the first sales of Lion8 electric trucks equipped with fully automated side load bodies to Waste Connections. According to the release, Waste Connections will put two vehicles in service in Washington and Florida.
Waste Connections is the third most important North American provider of non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, recycling and disposal services in the U.S. and Canada.
According to Lion, these Lion8 will be the first zero-emission trucks with fully electric waste collection bodies and automated arms used in North America.
Their waste collection body and mechanism was developed by Boivin Evolution of Lévis, near Québec City.
This type of vehicle offers several advantages to a company like Waste Connections :
- Range of 130 miles for a full day of operation (1,200 homes) on a single charge No noise pollution
- Optimal visibility and turning radius
- Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
- No hydraulic pumps, valves, tubing, hoses and fluid.
- All arm and body movements are powered by the battery that drives electric motors for each function
- Overnight recharging when the truck is not in operation and when demand for electricity is lower, which reduces energy costs
- Savings of up to 80% on total energy costs
- 60% lower service costs thanks to the simple, low-maintenance electric powertrain that has few components
- Oil-free operation with very few moving parts
- Longer-lasting brakes due to regenerative braking system
“I am highly confident that Lion’s all-electric refuse trucks will be a valuable addition to Waste Connection’s operations. I hope this transaction inspires everyone seeking an economic, sustainable and environmental transportation solution to leverage the substantial benefits of electrification” said Marc Bédard, CEO and Founder of The Lion Electric Co. based in Saint-Jérôme, North of Montréal.