Lion Electric Discusses Clean Manufacturing Investments with U.S. Executives


Lion Electric, a leading manufacturer of commercial electric vehicles, hosts several U.S. executives to preview its upcoming Joliet, Illinois manufacturing facility and discuss investments in domestic manufacturing. This is the second time prominent congressional leaders have joined Lion Electric in its new manufacturing facility.

Last week, Lion Electric reported in its second-quarter results that the company expects its first school buses to be produced from the Joliet plant by the end of the year.

In fact, Lion Electric claims the Joliet plant is the largest all-electric medium and heavy-duty vehicle manufacturing facility in the United States; the 900,000 square foot factory anticipates an annual production rate of 20,000 electric buses and trucks.

Lion Electric is seeing strong demand for its commercial electric vehicle models. The company delivered 105 vehicles in the second quarter, compared to 61 in the second quarter of 2021.

So far, the company has seven mid-range truck and bus models, with several exciting versions on deck, including a bucket truck and an ambulance. The Bucket truck is on track for release in the second half of 2022, while the Ambulance has received its first order for four units.

Executives tour the Lion Electric manufacturing plant after several key clean energy initiatives were adopted to combat climate change.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, in particular, aims to reduce carbon emissions in the transport sector. Transportation contributes the largest share (37%) of carbon emissions of all US sectors.

The new bill invests $7.5 billion in clean school buses and ferries and another $7.5 billion in electric vehicle charging. Lion Electric believes it is “ideally positioned to help customers apply for this funding through its dedicated grants team of industry experts.”

Lion Electric school buses Source: Lion Electric

U.S. Leaders Speak at Lion Electrical Manufacturing Plant

Lion Electric hosted US Senator Dick Durbin, Congressman Bill Foster (IL), Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, President of the Illinois Manufacturers Association and CEO Mark Denzler, Director of EPA Douglas Aburano and Joliet Mayor Bob O’dekirk, among others, at his Joliet manufacturing facility.

Lion Electric CCO Brian Piern kicked things off by saying:

The support and enthusiasm we have received from organizations and stakeholders across Illinois has been outstanding, and we look forward to continuing to grow our connections in the state as we help lead this new renaissance of own manufacturing in the USA.

The executives then had a few words of their own, expressing their support for Lion Electric’s manufacturing potential. Illinois Rep. Bill Foster said:

I am proud that manufacturers like Lion Electric are investing right here in Illinois and helping to pave the way for our region to become a leader in the electric vehicle industry.

After that, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker praised the company, saying:

Here in Illinois, we are making our mark in the clean energy revolution. Lion Electric, with its largest national footprint in Will County, is one of the companies at the forefront.

And finally, Mark Denzler also spoke highly of the commercial electric vehicle maker.

Amazing and innovative manufacturers like Lion Electric are leading the way to a cleaner, more sustainable future. Manufacturers have reduced emissions more than any other sector since 1990.

Lion Electric remains on track to produce “Made-in-America” ​​electric buses at its Joliet plant in the second half of 2022.

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