The eLion can travel up to 75 miles on a full charge, officials say. It will also be available in multi-function school activity and commercial applications with up to a 72 passenger capacity.
The funds, from private equity firm XPND Capital, will help the manufacturer finalize commercialization of its eLion school bus and invest in its manufacturing activities, company officials said.
Several alternative-fuel vehicles debuted during the show in Kansas City, Missouri, including two new CNG school buses and an all-electric bus. Also, safety-related products, such as a stop-arm violation data system and a student and vehicle tracking system, grabbed the spotlight.
After 25 years in business, Bobby’s Truck and Bus Repair is getting some high-profile accolades, including an official commendation from Ohio state Rep. Rex Damschroder.
The seats traveled from the supplier’s New Washington, Ohio, manufacturing plant to the Lion Bus facility in Quebec, Canada, where they were installed in new school buses before going full circle and getting shipped back to Ohio. Bedford City Schools is the first Ohio district to add buses from Lion Bus to its existing fleet.
Bedford City School District becomes the first district in Ohio to purchase Type C school buses made by Lion Bus. According to Transportation Supervisor Patrick Carney, the vehicle “will result in substantial cost-savings over the lifespan of the bus.”
EnerDel Inc. will build the main battery components in Indiana, and B3CG Interconnect Inc. will complete the final battery and wiring harness assembly in Quebec.
President Marc Bedard tells Journal de Montreal that the company “wanted the most energy efficient bus possible, and this project is materializing itself.” A feasibility study has been completed, and a prototype is set to be revealed in the spring, with Bedard noting that the company would ultimately like to produce 2,000 buses that would be sold on a 10-year scale.
Spartan Chassis will provide front-engine diesel chassis for use on Type C school buses by new manufacturer Lion Bus, whose founders were both involved with Type A school bus maker Michel Corbeil Enterprises.
Among the new products from the nearly 130 exhibitors is a quasi-static three-point activity seat from Freedman Seating Co., a camera system from Fortress Mobile that captures stop-arm violators and a condenser from American Cooling Technology. Thomas Built Buses displays its redesigned Type D unit, the Saf-T-Liner EFX, while Blue Bird displays its Next Generation Propane-Powered Vision school bus.
Barrington, who has more than 20 years of experience in the school bus industry, will serve as vice president of sales and compliance for the U.S. He will be responsible for Lion Bus sales and distribution in the U.S., and specific product compliance per region.