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September 8, 2020 4:30 PM, EDT

The Lion Electric Co. Secures Order From CN for Electric Trucks

LionA Lion battery-electric truck on display at a trade show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

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The Lion Electric Co. announced a memorandum of understanding for Class I freight railway CN to acquire 50 heavy-duty zero-emission trucks for intermodal use to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is Lion’s largest order to date.

CN began testing the trucks in April 2019 when it launched a pilot program with the custom-built battery electric trucks engineered by Montreal-based Lion.

“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,” Jean-Jacques Ruest, CN’s CEO, said in a release.

The latest zero-emission trucks will be tested in a variety of situations and environments across the CN network, from urban delivery and container shuttle service to port operations, according to Lion. — Transport Topics

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