Lion Electric and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg Join Roundtable Focusing on Workforce Development and Clean Manufacturing in the Electric Vehicle Sector
JOLIET, Ill., May 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – Lion Electric Company (NYSE: LEV) (TSX: LEV) (“Lion” or the “Company”), a leading manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty vehicles, today joined U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11), workforce experts, policymakers and industry stakeholders to discuss new opportunities for investments in electric vehicles and clean manufacturing.
Nate Baguio, Senior Vice President of Commercial Development at Lion Electric, provided an overview of how the Company has been a leader in manufacturing zero-emission school buses and all electric medium and heavy-duty trucks in North America. The roundtable addressed how partnerships with the federal government, states, counties, cities as well as local and nonprofit organizations deliver economic opportunities for green manufacturing. They also address the need for clean energy and can help bridge the demand for additional heavy-duty electric vehicles and charging infrastructure across the nation.
“We are honored to have U.S. Secretary of Transportation Buttigieg, an advocate for electric vehicles, recognize how building a robust electrification ecosystem and supply chain is integral for industry stability and growth,” said Nate Baguio. “The Federal Government’s Infrastructure and Jobs Act and the $5 billion it allocates to fund the deployment of zero-emission and clean school buses over the next five years further reinforces its commitment to the electric vehicle sector.”
The current administration has been supportive of expanding charging infrastructure across urban, suburban and rural communities in the United States. Furthermore, it has been vocal about its focus to offer funding to advance the adoption of electric vehicles. One of their priorities is to build a network of charging stations along the nation’s highways that will help create more jobs in the EV sector and a healthier environment.
The roundtable conversation also featured remarks about the future of the American clean manufacturing sector from Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11); Doug Pryor, CEO of Will County Economic Development; Craig Knight, CEO of Hyzon Motors; Caroline Portlock, Director with the Workforce Center of Will County; Kathy Gilmore, President of Valley Industrial; Dain Meza-Gotto, Director of Joliet Junior College Workforce Education; Terrie Simmons, President of Illinois Minority Business Development Center; John Gedney, Legislative Representative, United Auto Workers Region 4; Bob O’Dekirk, Mayor of Joliet and representatives from Pace Suburban Bus.
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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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These and other risks and uncertainties related to the businesses of Lion are described in greater detail in the section entitled “Risk Factors” not related to an investment 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.
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