Lion Electric and U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Join Roundtable Focused 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 medium and heavy-duty all-electric vehicles, today joined U.S. Secretary to Transport Pete Buttigiegcongressman Bill Foster (IL-11), workforce experts, policy makers and industry players to discuss new investment opportunities in electric vehicles and clean manufacturing.

Nate BaguioSenior Vice President of Business Development at Lion Electric, provided insight into how the company has been a leader in manufacturing zero-emission school buses and all medium and heavy-duty electric trucks in North America. The roundtable discussed how partnerships with the federal government, states, counties, cities, as well as local and nonprofit organizations provide economic opportunities for green manufacturing. They also meet the need for clean energy and can help meet the demand for additional heavy-duty electric vehicles and charging infrastructure across the country.

“We are honored that U.S. Secretary of Transportation Buttigieg, an advocate for electric vehicles, recognizes how critical building a robust electrification ecosystem and supply chain is to the stability and growth of industry,” said Nate Baguio. “The Federal Government’s Infrastructure and Employment Act and the $5 billion that it is allocating to fund the deployment of zero-emission, clean school buses over the next five years further reinforces its commitment to the electric vehicle sector.”

The current administration has supported the expansion of charging infrastructure in urban, suburban and rural communities in United States. In addition, he spoke about his goal of offering funding to advance the adoption of electric vehicles. One of their priorities is to build a network of charging stations along the country’s highways that will help create more jobs in the electric vehicle sector and a healthier environment.

The roundtable conversation also featured remarks on the future of the U.S. clean manufacturing sector from the congressman. Bill Foster (IL-11); Doug PriorCEO of Will County Economic Development; Craig KnightCEO of Hyzon Motors; Caroline PortlockDirector of the Workforce Center of Will County; Kathy Gilmorepresident of Valley Industrial; Dain Meza-GottoDirector of Joliet Junior College Workforce education; Terrie Simmonspresident of the Illinois Minority Business Development Center; John GedneyLegislative Representative, United Auto Workers Region 4; Bob O’DekirkMayor of Joliette and representatives from Pace Suburban Bus.

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About Electric Lion

Electric Lion is an innovative manufacturer of zero-emission vehicles. The company creates, designs and manufactures all-electric class 5 to 8 urban commercial trucks as well as all-electric buses and minibuses for the school, adapted and collective segments. Lion is a North American leader in electric transportation and designs, builds and assembles many of its vehicle components, including chassis, batteries, truck cabs and bus bodies.

Always actively seeking new and reliable technologies, Lion vehicles have unique characteristics specifically adapted to its users and their daily needs. Lion believes that the transition to all-electric vehicles will lead to major improvements in our society, our environment and our overall quality of life. Lion’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol LEV.

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