Lion Electric Joins the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan to Celebrate Clean School Bus Program Delivery
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JOLIET, Ill., Feb. 10, 2023 /PRNewswire/ – The Lion Electric Company (NYSE: LEV) (TSX: LEV) (“Lion” or the “Company”), a leading manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty vehicles, is pleased to announce that the Company joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan in Alma, Kansas, to celebrate a vehicle delivery under the EPA’s highly successful Clean School Bus Program. Lion is the first Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) in the school bus industry to have delivered vehicles for the program in 2022. Nate Baguio, Senior Vice President of Commercial Development at Lion participated in a roundtable conversation with Administrator Regan, industry, utility and school district leaders. The clean energy vehicles were delivered to Wabaunsee Senior High School and this event served as an opportunity to address the program’s successes and discuss the future of electrification.
“Since last year, we have worked alongside the EPA on the Clean School Bus Program to bring reimagined school buses to communities across the country – zero-emission vehicles that provide cleaner air, improve the health of students and teachers, and reduce the maintenance and operational costs for school districts,” said Nate A. Baguio, Senior Vice President of Commercial Development. “The electrification transition is happening now and these buses that you see at Wabaunsee Senior High School are proof of this program’s impact. We’re proud to be the first school bus manufacturer to deliver all-electric EPA school buses and acknowledge how federal investments have made a significant difference for many communities.”
According to the EPA, the effect of diesel emissions on children can be extremely harmful and lead to respiratory diseases such as asthma, which affects nearly 6.3 million U.S. children, making it the most common long-term childhood disease in America. Furthermore, as noted by a recent report from World Resources Institute, disadvantaged students are more susceptible to negative impacts from diesel pollution with 70% of all children taking a bus to school, compared to 50% of children from higher income families.
As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the EPA is investing $5 billion in clean school transportation. Last year, the Clean School Bus Program saw nearly 2,000 applications amounting to nearly $4 billion, for a total of over 12,000 buses. The EPA has announced that an additional $1 billion in funding will be available for fiscal year 2023, and more details on this year’s funding will be released soon.
Lion Electric is an innovative manufacturer of zero-emission vehicles. The company creates, designs and manufactures all-electric class 5 to class 8 commercial urban trucks and all-electric buses and minibuses for the school, paratransit and mass transit segments. Lion is a North American leader in electric transportation and designs, builds and assembles many of its vehicles’ components, including chassis, battery packs, truck cabins and bus bodies.
Always actively seeking new and reliable technologies, Lion vehicles have unique features that are specifically adapted to its users and their everyday needs. Lion believes that transitioning to all-electric vehicles will lead to major improvements in our society, environment and overall quality of life. Lion shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol LEV.
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These and other risks and uncertainties related to the businesses of Lion are described in greater detail in section 23.0 entitled “Risk Factors” of the Company’s management’s discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) for the years ended December 31, 2021, 2020 and 2019 and in Item 3.D entitled “Risk Factors” of the Company’s annual report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. Many of these risks are beyond Lion’s management’s ability to control or predict. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained herein and the risk factors included in the Company’s annual MD&A for the fiscal year 2021 and in other documents filed with the applicable Canadian regulatory securities authorities and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Because of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Furthermore, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except as required under applicable securities laws, Lion undertakes no obligation, and expressly disclaims any duty, to update, revise or review any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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