ABB has partnered with electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer The Lion Electric Co. (Lion) to offer its charging equipment products and services, with the goal of making infrastructure integration easier throughout North America.
ABB’s complete charging equipment product line will be sold under Lion Electric’s new Lion Energy infrastructure specialty division, making the Saint-Jérôme, Quebec-based manufacturer a service partner for ABB, according to a news release from The Lion Electric Co.
Lion Energy, the heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer’s end-to-end infrastructure solution, is designed to streamline the process of EV charging station installation. Lion Energy packages charging infrastructure design and review, project management, utility coordination, and customized consultation for its customers to help ease the complex process of charging station installation.
The solution is also designed to ensure infrastructure installation is accomplished in tandem with the vehicle purchasing process, according to Lion, giving customers the capacity to meet the charging needs of current fleets and the ability to scale in the future.
ABB will supply a full range of solutions to support Lion’s vehicles, which range from small buses to 300-kilowatt battery trucks. The supplier’s offerings include compact AC wall boxes, DC fast-charging stations, Terra 54 (fast chargers), and heavy-vehicle chargers.
The intent of the partnership is to help grow the EV charging infrastructure in North America by offering easier integration to make transit, school bus, and fleet electrification a reality, according to Lion. It is also expected to accelerate the purchase of Lion’s EVs and related services by eliminating the challenges related to EV adoption.
“Reinforcing our commitment to e-mobility, we are pleased to partner with Lion Electric as we share the same pioneering vision for an electrified future,” said Bob Stojanovic, ABB’s head of EV charging infrastructure for North America. “Collaborating with innovative vehicle makers to ensure the vehicles and the charging work seamlessly is a crucial part of ABB’s mission to ensure electric transformation succeeds.”
“Over the past few years, Lion Electric has delivered hundreds of electric buses and trucks, and it has been a goal of ours to provide a complete turnkey charging infrastructure solution for our customers,” said Marc-Andre Page, vice president of commercial operations at Lion. “With our deep experience in EV charging, we are proud to partner with a segment leader like ABB to provide premium [electric vehicle supply equipment] to our customers."
Page added that the partnership is “a natural fit, as both companies are pioneers in electrification and share a common goal of decarbonizing transit.”
ABB will train Lion staff to service its EV charging hardware and software solutions, and will support the installation of the charging equipment for end users, to help make the implementation of electrification easier for school bus and transit fleets.
Over the last decade, Lion has delivered over 300 electric school buses in the U.S. and Canada. The manufacturer also offers a portfolio of all-electric class 5 to class 8 trucks, available in various configurations.
Since entering the EV charging market a decade ago, ABB has sold more than 14,000 direct current fast chargers across more than 80 countries, according to Lion Electric. The charging infrastructure supplier also received the Global E-mobility Leader 2019 award for its role in supporting the international adoption of sustainable transport solutions.