Canadian Manufacturing

U.S. government selects Lion Electric for V2X collaboration

The electric school bus manufacturer will work with other industry leaders to develop and implement bidirectional electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the United States.

April 27, 2022   by CM Staff

JOLIET — Lion Electric Company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which aids the development and deployment of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies.

Lion says it was the only school bus manufacturer selected by the DOE to sign onto the agreement.

Under the MOU, Lion will collaborate with over a dozen industry leaders including utilities, OEMs, government agencies, industry labour organizations and the DOE to explore the development and integration of bidirectional electric vehicle charging infrastructure into the nation’s energy grid.

The MOU will also focus on the development of cybersecurity related to the deployment of V2X technologies, including vehicle-to-grid, vehicle-to-building  and vehicle-to-load  functionalities.

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“As we transition to decarbonized transportation and energy sectors, heavy-duty electric vehicles with large battery capacities are likely to play an important role in balancing an increasingly renewable power grid. Connected vehicles, V2G and V2X technologies are poised to create a transportation sector that is safer, more efficient, highly-optimized, and most importantly, zero-emission — and Lion is pleased to be collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy and industry leaders to help get us there,” said Marc-Andre Page, vice president of commercial operations at Lion Electric in a statement.