MONTREAL – Amazon is buying 10 electric trucks from Quebec’s Lion Electric. The first two vehicles will be delivered this year.
Amazon plans to use Lion’s trucks in its middle-mile trucking operations, moving products between the company’s network of distribution centres.
Lion will train the Amazon drivers who will be using the trucks, and will provide maintenance services through its network.
Made in Canada
The trucks will be manufactured at Lion’s Canadian facility, which has a current capacity to produce 2,500 electric trucks per year. Lion is also planning to open a larger manufacturing facility in the U.S. in the foreseeable future to accommodate the significant growing demand for its electric vehicles in the U.S.
The addition of these battery electric trucks to Amazon’s fleet will help the company deliver on its goal of decarbonizing its transportation operations in support of The Climate Pledge.
“This vehicle delivery for Amazon represents a very significant milestone for Lion,” said Marc Bedard, CEO and founder of Lion.
“Amazon is a leader in adopting decarbonizing technologies that can improve sustainability among their trucking fleet. Our all-electric trucks will be a valuable addition to Amazon’s trucking operations as they work to deliver on their sustainability goals.”
The Lion lineup
Lion’s current all-electric truck offering consists of class 5 to class 8 trucks available under various configurations, including straight truck, tractor, reefer, bucket and refuse trucks.
The trucks are purpose-built for electric propulsion, with modular battery capacity, agnostic charging technology, and enabled for vehicle-to-grid services. They have a range of up to 400 kilometres.
Earlier in September, CN announced an order of 50 Lion Electric trucks, which it plans to use throughout its network. In 2019 the Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) took delivery of the first Lion8 electric truck.