Canadian National Railway orders 50 all-electric trucks for intermodal fleet
The Canadian National Railway Company (CN) is to acquire 50 zero-emission trucks as part of its fleet of vehicles for intermodal use.
In April 2019, CN launched a pilot programme 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, container shuttle service, to port operations. The trucks do not produce any noise pollution and will remove 100 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from the road annually.
The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, said: “By focusing on electric vehicles, CN and Lion are playing a leadership role in the transition to the economy of the future. This will help fight climate change and creates good jobs here. It’s exactly the kind of investment needed for a greener, more innovative economic recovery.”
Benoit Charrette, Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, said: “The Quebec government believes in a sustainable economic recovery. I am pleased that The Lion Electric Company and CN are able to work together to contribute to the electrification of transportation, which is a very effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Quebec. We can be proud of these two companies that want to do business and showcase our know-how while fighting climate change.”
Marc Bédard, President and Founder of The Lion Electric Co., said: “CN is showing leadership by acquiring 50 all-electric Lion trucks. This order, the largest for Lion Electric Co. yet, is a sign of confidence in our company and that now is the time for the electrification of heavy transportation. Aside from being zero-emission, I believe the Lion electric trucks will be an invaluable addition to CN’s operations. I hope this deal inspires everyone who is looking for an economical, sustainable and environmental transportation solution to switch to electric vehicles.”
Jean-Jacques Ruest, CN’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “CN has been headquartered in Montreal for more than 100 years and our company employs several thousand people in Quebec, so we are very pleased to support innovation in Quebec. This agreement is also part of our commitment to encourage economic recovery and reduce the carbon footprint of the global supply chain. The regulatory regime put in place by the federal government ensures an environment conducive to such investments.”