The Lion Electric Company has begun customer deliveries of its LionD school buses in California. The LionD, designed for the school bus segment, has a seating capacity for 83 children and a range of up to 155 miles on a single charge. It is expected to eliminate up to 23 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year for each bus, contributing to cleaner air for children and communities. The LionD features safety-focused design elements, including improved air quality, reduced noise pollution, an extra-wide center aisle, a programmable low-speed sound generator, and enhanced driver visibility. The electric powertrain provides lower energy and maintenance costs compared to traditional diesel-powered school buses. The LionD is part of Lion’s commitment to zero-emission transportation, aligning with federal, state, and local incentives for clean school buses.
To date, the EPA has awarded almost $2 billion from the $5 billion Clean School Bus Program funds, facilitating the purchase of around 5,000 school bus replacements at over 600 schools. The recent deadline extension for the the Clean School Bus Rebate Program to February 14 allows stakeholders more time to engage with partners, and the EPA anticipates notifying rebate winners in April. The rebate program, offering at least $500 million, supports the purchase of compressed natural gas (CNG), electric, propane school buses, and necessary fueling infrastructure. EPA anticipates notifying rebate winners in April.
The Greater Indiana team is available to support schools through the rebate application process, providing quick assistance and connecting with alternative fuel bus manufacturers, including our friends at Lion Electric. School districts and contractors considering Lion’s LionD school buses have direct access to Lion’s Customer Success team, offering expertise in transitioning to zero emissions and maximizing operational success. The support includes assistance with charging infrastructure, financing, funding support services, and driver/maintenance/safety training. Lion’s proprietary EV telematics, LionBeat, is also available. Customers can leverage federal, state, and local funding and incentives, such as the EPA’s Clean School Bus Program, California HVIP, the IRA clean commercial vehicle tax credit (IRC 45W), and others, to assist with LionD school bus purchases.