Momentum for durable and adapted heavy vehicles
The government's contribution to the project gives significant impetus to the industry's research and development efforts to accelerate growth and further integrate the electric road transport sector into the markets.
With the use of heavy gasoline-powered vehicles being responsible for nearly 50% of urban motor traffic and generating substantial volumes of GHGs and noise pollution, it is imperative that the electric road transport sector accelerate its growth and develop sustainable solutions that are compatible with urban spaces.
Ultimately, the announced investments will make it possible to produce all-electric heavy-duty vehicles in Québec, with an 80% reduction in energy costs, a 60% reduction in maintenance costs and 100% more environmentally friendly footprint than the combustion vehicles currently in use in our cities.
At a glance
— The collaborative project being launched by the partners is estimated at $15.8 million, which includes $7.9 million from the Government of Quebec;
— Seven partners have committed to the project: The Lion Electric Co., Demers manufacturier d’ambulances, Posi-Plus Technologies, Fourgons TRANSIT, Boivin Évolution, Systèmes PRAN and MAXIMETAL;
— The project will open the door to the Quebec-based manufacture of a variety of all-electric urban trucks and vehicles: dry cargo or refrigerated freight trucks, mobile workshop trucks, bucket trucks, refuse trucks and ambulances;
— The all-electric Lion urban truck, which will be equipped with specialty equipment, is entirely designed and made in Quebec and boasts a 400-kilometers range;
— The all-electric Lion minibus will be the basis for a new generation of ambulances with technological enhancements and emphasis on patient comfort;
— By contributing to the electrification of transport, this project – which will revolutionize the use of heavy-duty vehicles in urban centres – plays a crucial role in Quebec’s energy transition.