Lion adds new Class 8 tractor to EV lineup

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

The Lion Electric Company has unveiled the Lion8 Tractor, an all-electric Class 8 commercial truck.

The Lion8 Tractor is expected to be commercially available mid-2024 and has a gross combination weight rating (GCWR)  up to 127,000 lbs. With a battery capacity of up to 630 kWh using Lion’s Heavy-Duty battery packs, the truck has a range of up to 440 kilometres. Charging to 80% SOC (state of charge) at max power can be accomplished in approximately 1.5 hours.

“The Lion8 Tractor embodies our commitment to pushing the boundaries of possibility in modern freight transportation,” stated Marc Bedard, CEO-Founder of Lion. “We are thrilled to introduce a vehicle that not only meets but surpasses the rigorous demands of today’s transportation needs as it sets a new standard in the EV truck market, combining performance, efficiency, and environmental sustainability. Our purpose-built electric vehicles stand as the cornerstone of our vision for a sustainable future.”

It has a 6×4 axle configuration with two integrated 2-speed eAxles. Its Lion-engineered cab-forward provides driver visibility and manoeuvrability.

The Lion8 Tractor includes standard Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) compatibility and additional features such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and an onboard weighing system.

Lion has more than 2,000 vehicles on the road, with over 40 million kilometres driven.