Lion Electric Introduces Battery-Electric Class 8 Tractor

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Lion Electric CEO Marc Bédard unveils the company’s zero-emission Lion8 tractor at ACT Expo 2024. (Seth Clevenger)

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LAS VEGAS — Electric truck and bus manufacturer The Lion Electric Co. has expanded its commercial vehicle lineup with its battery-electric Lion8 Tractor, introduced at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo.

The Class 8 electric truck, equipped with Lion’s proprietary heavy-duty battery packs, offers a range of up to 275 miles on a single charge.

The vehicle’s batteries can be charged to 80% in about 1.5 hours with a direct current fast charger.

“Like all of our vehicles, it is purpose-built for electric, and to meet and exceed the demands of the operators,” Lion Electric CEO and founder Marc Bédard said as he unveiled the truck May 21 at ACT Expo.

.⁦@LionElectricCo⁩ reveals its battery-electric Lion8 tractor at ⁦@ACTExpo⁩. pic.twitter.com/L4dc79v5dh

— Seth Clevenger (@SethClevenger) May 21, 2024

The Lion8 has a maximum gross combined weight rating of 127,000 pounds, which he said is the highest in the battery-electric truck sector.

“This isn’t just a truck, it’s a powerhouse on wheels,” Bédard said.

The zero-emission tractor, which will be available this summer, is the result of 16 years of dedication to developing all-electric vehicles, he added.

The Lion8’s cab-forward design enhances driver visibility and maneuverability, the company said.

The vehicle features a 6×4 axle configuration with two integrated 2-speed e-axles.

The Lion8 joins the company’s existing lineup of electric-powered school buses and its Lion5 and Lion6 medium-duty trucks.

Lion Electric, based in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec, said it has more than 2,000 electric vehicles on the road with more than 25 million miles driven.

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