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Lion Bus Eyes California Factory

February 14, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, manufacturing, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Literally Redefined School Bus Standards with Its eLion’

Top officials in Sacramento are talking up a plan whereby Quebec’s Lion Bus (Autobus Lion) would manufacture its eLion all-battery Type C school bus in California.

The 'eLion' all-battery bus by Autobus Lion may be manufactured in California.

The ‘eLion’ all-battery bus by Autobus Lion may be manufactured in California.

The Canadian bus-builder “has literally redefined school bus standards with its eLion and has quickly emerged as a North American leader in the field,” David Heurtel says in a released issued by Go-Biz, the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Heurtel is the Québec Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change.

“Transportation electrification is among the promising solutions for fighting climate change,” he said. The eLion battery bus was developed in part by proceeds from the Québec cap-and-trade program, which is linked with California’s, states the Go-Biz release.

Looking for a Plant Site

The eLion bus was shown in Palo Alto, Calif. earlier this month, with Heurtel, Lion Bus president Marc Bédard, and Go-Biz deputy director for ZEV/zero-emission vehicle infrastructure Tyson Eckerle on hand.

They said that plans to locate a new manufacturing facility in California. “The state plans to help Lion find a location for the new facility as they ramp up production,” says Go-Biz.

TM4 and LG Chem

The eLion has a Sumo MD driveline from TM4, also of Quebec, with prismatic DMC lithium ion batteries from LG Chem. “We assemble our own battery packs” using off-the-shelf LG modules, says Lion Bus business development manager Marc-André Pagé.

The company’s BMS/battery management system for the eLion bus, he notes, is air-cooled – “and air-warmed,” he told F&F.

First Priority GreenFleet for eLion Sales

Pagé notes too that Lion builds its own bus chassis in Quebec, and is as yet undecided as to whether it will extend full chassis manufacture to the U.S. when it establishes a plant here.

Lion Bus is represented in the U.S. by First Priority GreenFleet, which showed an eLion bus among other vehicles when it debuted at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach, Calif. last year (F&F, May 10, 2016).

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Source: California Go-Biz with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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