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First EV School Buses Made in Illinois

While electric-powered passenger cars are becoming commonplace, the markets for medium-sized vehicles and heavy vehicles continue to be dominated by liquid fuel. This is true despite the fact that many larger vehicles, such as delivery trucks, repair vans, and school buses, have relatively limited areas of operation and do not have to drive far from their charging stations. A new factory in Joliet, Illinois, owned by Lion Electric, specializes in the assembly of electric-powered school buses, and the first EV school buses rolled out in November 2022. This month’s Joliet production marked the first Lion school buses to be made in the United States. Similar buses are already being manufactured in Quebec, Canada.


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