CN adds 50 Lion Electric trucks to its urban intermodal fleets
Transportation giant Canadian National has announced a landmark deal with the Lion Electric Co., a zero-emission bus and urban truck manufacturer headquartered in Saint Jérôme, QC, for the purchase of 50 Lion8T tandem tractor battery electric trucks.
The trucks will be added to CN’s fleets for intermodal use in urban areas, including Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. According to CN’s president and CEO, Jean-Jacques Ruest, the trucks will be tested for use in urban delivery, container shuttle service and port operations. They are expected to remove 100 tons of greenhouse gas emissions from the road annually, in addition to reducing urban air and noise pollution.
Marc Bédard, president and founder of Lion Electric, said : “CN is showing leadership by acquiring 50 all-electric Lion trucks. This order… is a sign of confidence in our company and that now is the time for the electrification of heavy transportation.”
The deal is the largest sale yet for Lion, which primarily designs and manufactures electric school buses and midi/minibuses in addition to trucks.
CN’s Ruest said he was pleased to acquire the zero-emission vehicles from another Quebec company: “CN has been headquartered in Montreal for more than 100 years and our company employs several thousand people in Quebec, so we are very pleased to support innovation in Quebec.
“This agreement is also part of our commitment to encourage economic recovery and reduce the carbon footprint of the global supply chain. The regulatory regime put in place by the federal government ensures an environment conducive to such investments.”
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