The Lion Electric Company and Boivin Evolution this week announced the first sales of Lion8 chassis with fully automated side load bodies to Waste Connections, Inc., a leading provider of non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, recycling and disposal services in the U.S. and Canada.
The companies say the introduction of these electric vehicles into markets in Washington and Florida will represent the first applications of zero-emission trucks with fully electric waste collection bodies and automated arms in North America.
“We are thankful to Waste Connections for leading the heavy-duty electric movement and we are excited that they have chosen Lion in assisting them for their transition to a zero-emission fleet,” says Marc Bedard, founder and CEO, Lion Electric Co. “I am highly confident that Lion’s all-electric refuse trucks will be a valuable addition to Waste Connection’s operations. I hope this transaction inspires everyone seeking an economic, sustainable and environmental transportation solution to leverage the substantial benefits of electrification”
Boivin Evolution Founder and CEO Claude Boivin adds, “We are proud to have been chosen by Waste Connections for the electrification of their fleet of refuse collection trucks. This introduction of electric vehicles is the beginning of a new tendency towards a cleaner environment.”
The new vehicles received by Waste Connections have a 130-mile range, produce zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and offer 60 percent lower service costs thanks to the simple, low-maintenance electric powertrain that has few components, the manufacturers say.
“We are excited to lead the industry with the introduction of the Lion-Boivin electric vehicles to our markets and look forward to expanding their application,” adds Worthing F. Jackman, president and CEO, Waste Connections. “This investment in zero emission vehicles furthers our continuing efforts to reduce our environmental impact and expand our capabilities within the communities we serve.”