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MONTREAL, Oct. 28, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ - The Lion Electric Company (NYSE: LEV) (TSX: LEV) ("Lion" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles, today announced that it has received a purchase order from Groupe Autocar Jeannois ("Jeannois") for 35 zero-emission LionC school buses, to be delivered over the next five years. The purchase order also includes an option for Jeannois to purchase an additional five LionC buses. These LionC buses will be added to Jeannois' existing fleet of three LionC all-electric buses. Jeannois has also placed a purchase order for four LionM buses to be delivered over the next four years, to gradually replace its luxury diesel-powered minibuses used in its corporate and tourist shuttle passenger transport branch.
In addition, Lion announced that Jeannois will become the first Lion authorized service center for the region of Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean. The opening of this service center further expands Lion's presence in Quebec and is in line with its commitment to provide optimal service to all its customers, regardless of their location in the province. The authorized service center, which will complement Lion's Experience Centers, will be a certified one-stop-shop for service, maintenance, and warranty repairs for all local operators.
"This is excellent news for the region as 39 all-electric buses will be added to Groupe Autocar Jeannois' fleet over the next five years. This means that hundreds of children and adults will ride zero-emission buses in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region, protecting their health and the environment in which they live. I would like to thank Groupe Autocar Jeannois for their trust. I'm also very proud to announce that Jeannois will become the first authorized Lion Electric service center. Once again, Lion confirms its leading position in transport electrification in Quebec. I'm confident all our customers in the region will be well served, thanks to this new partnership," mentioned Marc Bedard, CEO – Founder, Lion Electric.
"We are proud to transport children and adults in zero-emission buses and to continue our transition towards electrification by increasing our fleet of all-electric Lion vehicles. At Groupe Autocar Jeannois, we are dedicated to offering the best products and to do our part to provide a cleaner future for our children and our community. As one of the leaders in school transportation in Quebec, we are also very proud to become the first authorized Lion Electric service center and contribute to the development of the electrification ecosystem," said Stephane Lefebvre, President and CEO, Groupe Autocar Jeannois.
About Lion Electric Company
Lion Electric is an innovative manufacturer of zero-emission vehicles. The company creates, designs and manufactures all-electric class 5 to class 8 commercial urban trucks and all-electric buses and minibuses for the school, paratransit and mass transit segments. Lion is a North American leader in electric transportation and designs, builds and assembles many of its vehicles' components, including chassis, battery packs, truck cabins and bus bodies.
Always actively seeking new and reliable technologies, Lion vehicles have unique features that are specifically adapted to its users and their everyday needs. Lion believes that transitioning to all-electric vehicles will lead to major improvements in our society, environment and overall quality of life. Lion shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol LEV.
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About Groupe Autocar Jeannois
Groupe Autocar Jeannois is a family business that was created in 1974. Mr. Stéphane Lefebvre, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the group, took over from his father in the early 2000s. Groupe Autocar Jeannois is an important carrier in the school sector in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean and the Charlevoix region. It also stands out in the Quebec City and Montreal regions in terms of tourist charter transportation, group travel and corporate travel.
In addition to operating more than a hundred units in school transportation, it has a fleet of more than 45 vehicles in luxury coach and minibus transportation that covers needs throughout Quebec, Canada and North America.
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These and other risks and uncertainties related to the businesses of Lion are described in greater detail in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company's final prospectus dated May 5, 2021 (the "Canadian Prospectus") filed with the Autorité des marchés financiers (the "AMF") and the registration statement on Form F-1 (the "Registration Statement") filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and declared effective on June 14, 2021 and other documents publicly filed with the AMF and the SEC. Many of these risks are beyond Lion's management's ability to control or predict. All forward-looking statements attributable to Lion or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained, and risk factors identified, in the Canadian Prospectus, the Registration Statement and other documents filed with the AMF and the SEC.
Because of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Furthermore, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except as required under applicable securities laws, Lion undertakes no obligation, and expressly disclaims any duty, to update, revise or review any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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