Lion Unveils Electric Waste Collection Truck

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Companies unveil the world’s first all-electric waste collection truck.

The Lion Electric Company (Lion) and Boivin Évolution (BEV) unveiled the first zero-emission, Class 8 truck with a powertrain and an automated waste collection hopper and arm that are 100% electric.

The Québec companies, Lion and BEV, collaborated to design the truck to collect household waste, recycling, and organic material, with the Lion8 chassis and the BEV all-electric automated side-loading hopper.

“Lion and Boivin Évolution combined their know-how to make this world premiere a reality. It’s one more step in our quest to electrify heavy-duty vehicles. Once again, we’ve done what everyone said was impossible!” said Marc Bédard, Founder and CEO, The Lion Electric Co.

“Thanks to our partnership with The Lion Electric Co., we can offer an all-electric automated waste collection truck, a first in the waste collection industry. We can be very proud of this 100% Quebec technological breakthrough that will transform waste collection through better performance and a smaller ecological footprint,” adds Claude Boivin, Founder and CEO, Boivin Évolution.

The advantages of these two technologies include:

  • A range up to 400 km or a full-day of operation (1,200 homes) on a single charge;
  • No noise pollution;
  • Optimal visibility and turning radius;
  • Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (43% of GHG emissions in Québec come from transportation and heavy-duty vehicles in particular);
  • No hydraulic fluid needed for pumps, pipes, and hoses. All hopper and arm movements are powered by the battery that drives electric motors for each function;
  • Overnight recharging when the truck is not in operation and when demand for electricity is lower, which reduces energy costs;
  • Savings of up to 80% on total energy costs;
  • 60% lower service costs thanks to the simple, low-maintenance electric powertrain that has few components;
  • Oil-free operation with very few moving parts;
  • Longer lasting brakes due to regenerative braking system; and
  • Custom built in Quebec to withstand North American weather and road conditions.
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