Lion will start deliveries in 2022 and continue delivering vehicles through 2026.
The purchase order is conditional upon the grant of non-repayable contributions to Langs Bus Lines from the Zero-Emission Transit Fund.
The Zero-Emission Transit Fund is a Canadian government program that aims to invest $2.75 billion over five years to electrify public transit and school bus operators.
It is not clear if the Province of Ontario will contribute to this investment.
However, these buses are not new to Langs. The company has operated a LionC school bus since 2019, and the company saw the benefits of further electrifying its fleet. The company was one of the first to participate in the Electric School Bus Pilot Program in Ontario.
The LionC Bus has a range of 150 to 250 km per charge. The bus accepts both level 2 and 3 chargers and can be fully charged in 2.5 hours on a 50 kW level 3 charger. The LionC Bus can handle up to 72 passengers with a top speed of 60 mph (96 km/h).
Langs Bus Lines is one of the largest school bus operators in Southern Ontario. The company operates 600 school buses and minibuses throughout the region.