Lion Electric to supply two all-electric heavy duty trucks to Green Mountain Power

Lion Electric to supply two all-electric heavy duty trucks to Green Mountain Power

Green Mountain Power, an energy transformation firm providing power to nearly three-quarters of Vermont, has signed a deal with commercial electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Lion Electric Company to purchase two of its all-electric heavy duty trucks.

Pushing ahead with its aim to gradually electrify its entire fleet of vehicles, Green Mountain Power will purchase and deploy a fully-electric Lion8 bucket truck for line crews and an all-electric Lion6 truck for electrical maintenance crew in the field.

Founded in 2011, Lion Electric designs and produces all-electric zero emission versions of Class 5 to Class 8 commercial trucks and buses. Lion Electric has continually grown its fleet of heavy-duty all-electric offerings, as well as its customer base. In May this year, Lion Electric had announced that it would invest $70 million to build a medium and heavy-duty commercial EV manufacturing plant in Joliet, Illinois. The plant is currently undergoing the construction phase, and it is widely expected to start rolling out the heavy-duty commercial EVs sometime in the second half of 2022.

Green Mountain Power boasts to be Vermont’s largest energy provider, and 95 per cent of the energy that it delivers to customers in the state is carbon-free. The purchase of all-electric trucks from Lion Electric is part of its efforts to make its fleet of vehicles as carbon-free as its electricity.

With the new purchase deal, Green Mountain Power has become one of New England’s first utility companies that have decided to electrify their fleets of vehicles. Mari McClure, the president and chief executive of the company, described the pending purchase as a “critical next step” on the way to eliminate fossil fuels from its operations.

When asked for a comment, McClure said, “Electrifying our heavy-duty field operations fleet is a critical next step in our work to eliminate fossil fuels from our operations. Transportation with fossil-fueled vehicles is the top source of carbon emissions in Vermont and we’re proud to start the process of converting our line truck fleet to clean electric trucks.”

On a single full charge, the Lion8 bucket and Lion6 truck offer a range of up to 200 miles and 170 miles, respectively. Both commercial EVs share a top speed of 65 miles per hour. The delivery of the first truck is expected to take place sometime in the first half of 2022, followed by the second heavy-duty truck next summer.