The Lion Electric Co. (Lion) and Boivin Évolution (BEV) unveiled the world's first Class 8 truck with a powertrain and automated collection hopper that are 100% electric.
The vehicle consists of a Lion8 chassis and the BEV all-electric automated side-loading hopper, to be used to collect household waste, recycling, and organic material.
Features of the electric truck include: range of up to 249 miles (400 km), or a full day of operation (approximately 1,200 homes) on a single charge; no noise pollution; optimal visibility and turning radius; and zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to the company.
No hydraulic fluid is needed for pumps, pipes, and hoses, as all hopper and arm movements are powered by the battery. In addition, the vehicle is expected to reduce operating costs with savings of up to 80% on total energy costs, 60% lower service costs due to a low-maintenance electric powertrain, and longer lasting brakes due to the vehicle’s regenerative braking system.
The vehicle is custom built in Quebec to withstand North American weather and road conditions.