Photo: Pierre St-Arnaud
The first Lion8, which will take the road next fall, has already found its buyer, the Société des alcools du Québec.
The urban centres are likely to be gradually invaded by trucks of a new type. The Electric Company Lion, Saint-Jerome, has unveiled on Monday the first class 8 truck, fully electric. The Lion8 is a truck ten-wheel urban use with an autonomy of 400 kilometers. “We concentrated on the “less than 400 miles,” explained the president and founder of Lion, Marc Bédard.
“There are 300 000 to 400 000 trucks of class 8 which are sold each year in North America, of which 45 % will be less than 400 kilometres. This is a huge market “, he argued. Marc Bédard, including the school bus all-electric on the roads of Quebec since a few years, expects a strong demand then it will be up to new order the only manufacturer in north american of 100% electric trucks.
The first Lion8, which will take the road next fall, has already found its buyer, the Société des alcools du Québec, which uses this kind of truck for delivery in the city, especially to restaurants. The vehicle is however very adaptable and can have a crate refrigerated, it will be equipped with a nacelle, a dumpster, electric, equipment, for the collection of refuse or recycling, etc
The minister of Economy, Pierre Fitzgibbon, welcomed the contribution of the Quebec government, which has spent $ 8.6 million in support of the development of this truck, which was put into production ” will help to create more than 1,000 jobs over 10 years, he said. These jobs represent nearly one-quarter of current employment — 4400 is roughly in the industry of truck, bus and coach in Quebec. “
The cost of buying a Lion8 is significantly higher than that of a class 8 truck diesel fuel, but this gap will resolve quickly, according to the manufacturer. It is estimated that the energy cost of the Lion8, with the recharge, represents a saving of 80 % compared to the fuel, which is the single largest expense for fleet operators.
Maintenance costs, also, are valued at 40 % of those of a diesel truck ordinary “because there is no exhaust system, no particulate filter, no transmission, no engine oil, etc., The regenerative braking system will help extend the life of the brakes about three times,” he listed.