The electric bus manufacturers and partners hosted an event in Phoenix to share information about the eLion and funding opportunities, and let local school transportation staff check out the bus up close.
Electric vehicle manufacturer Adomani will add Lion Bus' eLion all-electric Type C school bus to its offerings in several western U.S. states.
Gary Plumton will be responsible for all aspects of the marketing and sales of Lion products in the U.S. For the past five years, he has been the director of sales for school bus seating manufacturer SafeGuard.
The Marion and Fremont districts each receive two Lion buses, both utilizing the 42-inch seat option. Meanwhile, Huber Heights orders the first wheelchair-accessible Lion unit.
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.