As part of its plans to reduce its massive carbon footprint and become net zero carbon by 2040, online retail giant Amazon has announced they will be deploying new electric trucks built in Canada.
The company will be buying 10 electric trucks from Lion Electric, based out of Quebec, with the new trucks hitting the road this fall.
This fall @Amazon is deploying 10 new battery electric vehicles 🚚⚡from Lion Electric — part of our sustainable trucking logistics that support the #ClimatePledge. More here: https://t.co/ge6gufeo1h pic.twitter.com/zXZzbbSZpU
— Amazon News (@amazonnews) September 15, 2020
According to Lion Electric president and founder Marc Bédard, the Lion6 electric trucks have already been tested by Amazon for the past year, and will be deployed for use on ‘midline’ routes for deliveries between Amazon distribution centers.
While the order is small at only 10 units, Bédard hopes this will be the first of many.
“Our goal is for this to be a first order that will be followed by others! Because of their size, they are perfect for large objects that are not too heavy. Each Lion6 can carry up to 26,000 pounds.” he said.
The class 6 trucks are based on the Lion8, a class 8 tractor trailer which has a range of as much as 402km (250 miles).
Just last month Lion Electric announced more good news, as a memorandum of understanding with CN Rail was signed to purchase 50 Lion8 electric trucks.
The Lion Electric Co. was founded in 2011 and until now mostly built the iconic yellow school buses. Beginning in 2019 it started to manufacture battery-electric powertrains with its first electric heavy-duty vehicle, the Lion8 Class 9 truck.