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CN to order 50 all-electric trucks for intermodal fleet


CN and The Lion Electric Co. have signed a memorandum of understanding for CN to acquire 50 zero-emission trucks as part of the railroad's intermodal truck fleet.

The trucks will be used at CN's intermodal terminals in urban areas to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions (GHGs), CN officials said in a press release.

In April 2019, the Class I launched a pilot program to test the use of the custom-built electric trucks. Slated for intermodal use, the trucks will be tested in a variety of situations across CN's network, from urban delivery and container shuttle service to port operations.

The trucks do not produce noise and will remove 100 tons of GHGs from roads annually, CN officials said.

The agreement allows CN to support innovation in Quebec, where The Lion Co. is based and where CN employs several thousand people, said CN President and Chief Executive Officer JJ Ruest.

"This agreement also is part of our commitment to encourage economic recovery and reduce the carbon footprint of the global supply chain," he said. "The regulatory regime put in place by the federal government ensures an environment conducive to such investments."

Although financial terms were not revealed, The Lion Co. President and Founder Marc Bedard said the agreement represents his company's largest order yet.

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