The announcement of the CN purchase of 50 Class 8 trucks is the first time Lion Electric has presented a tractor configuration.
The Lion Electric Co. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CN Rail to acquire 50 zero-emission battery-electric drayage tractors. CN says it will place the trucks into last-mile urban service in the Canadian cities of Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver.
In April of 2019, CN launched a pilot program to test the use of custom-built electric trucks engineered by Quebec-based The Lion Electric Co. These zero-emission trucks, slated for intermodal use, will be tested in a variety of situations and environments across the CN network, from urban delivery and container shuttle service, to port operations. Lion Electric says the trucks will remove 100 tons of greenhouse gas emissions from the road annually.