JOLIET, Ill., April 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – Lion Electric Company (NYSE: LEV) (TSX: LEV) (“Lion” or the “Company”), a leading manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty vehicles, announced that the company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the US Department of Energy (DOE), aimed at accelerating the development and deployment of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies. Lion was the only school bus manufacturer selected by the DOE to sign the agreement.
Under the MOU, Lion will work with more than a dozen industry leaders, including utilities, OEMs, government agencies, industry labor organizations and the DOE to explore collaboration the development and integration of two-way electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure into the national energy grid. The MOU will also cover the development of cybersecurity related to the deployment of V2X technologies, including vehicle-to-network (V2G), vehicle-to-building (V2B) and vehicle-to-cargo (V2L) functionality.
“As we transition to decarbonized transport and energy sectors, heavy-duty electric vehicles with large battery capacities are likely to play an important role in balancing an increasingly renewable electricity grid. connected vehicles, V2G and V2X technologies are poised to create a transportation industry that is safer, more efficient, highly optimized and, most importantly, zero emissions – and Lion is pleased to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy and industry leaders to help us get there,” said Marc-Andre Pagevice president of business operations at Lion Electric.
With their large energy storage capacity, heavy electric vehicles have the potential to function as distributed storage on the energy grid – which is likely to become increasingly important as energy sectors around the world transition to renewable energy sources. V2G and V2X technologies promote grid resilience by reducing the strain on the grid when renewable energy generation is at its peak, with the ability to re-export that energy when generation declines, thereby reducing dependence on fossil fuels and promoting national energy independence.
Lion’s current line of all-electric heavy-duty trucks and buses are V2G-ready, and Lion is actively participating in pioneering V2G programs in North Americaincluding projects in New York and California where Lion’s all-electric school buses have successfully exported power to the grid. V2G offers operators the opportunity to further reduce their total cost of ownership by charging when electricity demand and prices are low, and exporting power back to the grid during peak demand when prices are higher .
About Electric Lion
Electric Lion is an innovative manufacturer of zero-emission vehicles. The company creates, designs and manufactures all-electric class 5 to 8 urban commercial trucks as well as all-electric buses and minibuses for the school, adapted and collective segments. Lion is a North American leader in electric transportation and designs, builds and assembles many of its vehicle components, including chassis, batteries, truck cabs and bus bodies.
Always actively seeking new and reliable technologies, Lion vehicles have unique characteristics specifically adapted to its users and their daily needs. Lion believes that the transition to all-electric vehicles will lead to major improvements in our society, our environment and our overall quality of life. Lion’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol LEV.
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