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JOLIET, ILL., Oct. 26, 2022 - The Lion Electric Company (TSX: LEV) ("Lion" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty vehicles, today congratulated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the announcement of the first round of awards for its highly successful Clean School Bus Program.

"It is fantastic to see these funds being awarded and we are excited to see the massive interest in clean school buses across all 50 states. Lion would like to congratulate the EPA along with the awardees, who will soon benefit from the adoption of zero-emission school buses," said Marc Bedard, CEO-Founder of Lion Electric. "Lion saw the opportunity for all-electric school buses in the market over a decade ago when we began developing our technology and started the zero-emission school bus revolution, and today we are seeing the results in large-scale adoption, for the benefit of the health of our children, our communities and the environment."

The momentum in all-electric school buses is evidenced by the EPA grant awards, with 90% of awarded applications going to electric school buses. This will result in the deployment of thousands of all-electric buses throughout the U.S. Lion Electric is the leader in all-electric school buses and has been at the forefront of the market, putting its first vehicles on the road in 2016, all of which are designed from the ground-up to be electric. Since, Lion has deployed over 700 all-electric vehicles throughout North America, which have covered over 10 million miles in real-world operating conditions.

Thanks to the resounding interest in this year's initial tranche of $500 million, with around 2,000 applications amounting to nearly $4 billion, for a total of over 12,000 buses, the EPA increased the amount of funding awards that were announced to $965 million. Furthermore, an additional $1 billion in funding will be available for fiscal year 2023.

Lion's dedicated team of grant specialists is well positioned to help districts and operators apply and secure future funding opportunities and ensure they meet the proper deadlines for Clean School Bus Program awardees. Those selected for this initial round of EPA funding are required to receive new buses, install eligible charging infrastructure, replace old buses and submit close out forms by October 2024.

Lion saw huge interest in the program from districts and operators across the country, and was able to assist customers in securing Clean School Bus Program funding to deploy "Made in America" buses to be built at its Joliet, Illinois manufacturing facility. This facility, which has a planned annual production capacity of up to 20,000 vehicles once ramp up is complete, will be the largest dedicated medium and heavy-duty electric vehicle manufacturing plant in the U.S. Deploying zero-emission school buses brings healthier commutes to students while preventing exposure to hazardous particulate emissions from diesel engines, especially in underserved communities, which have historically had disproportionately poor air quality.

About Lion Electric

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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SOURCE Lion Electric