Lightning Systems, a global developer of efficiency and emissions improvement solutions for fleets, today announced it is on schedule for March deliveries of its new zero-emissions LightningElectric system for Ford Transit and that it has developed a zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell range extender for the product.
The LightningElectric battery conversion package available for Ford Transit as part of Ford Motor Company’s eQVM program was announced last September. First customer deliveries will occur this month as planned. The product is on display in the Ford booth (#3239) at this year’s Work Truck Show in Indianapolis March 7 to 9, and Lightning will host a series of hands-on ride and drive opportunities in California and New York in April. Locations will be announced soon.
The new Lightning Systems zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell range extender for the LightningElectric Ford Transit has been developed in partnership with several industry partners and will extend the range of the LE 50 to over 200 miles. It will be available in California beginning in September 2018 where significant vouchers for fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure exist.
“We’re excited to deliver the LightningElectric zero-emissions Ford Transit this month as promised. Our road testing validated an industry-leading EV efficiency, and it is smooth, quiet, and fast,” said Tim Reeser, chief executive officer for Lightning Systems. “We look forward to showing it to attendees of The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis this week and I invite you to come take a drive in California or New York in April.”
Both the all-electric and the zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell range extender are available for heavy-duty Transits with a 10,360-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). Ford’s vehicle warranty covers the base chassis for vehicles with the Lightning conversions. Installations and service are performed by Ford QVM upfitters and dealers around the world.
The all-electric Lightning product features a state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled Lithium-Ion battery from a volume-ready world-class battery supplier that can be fast-charged in thirty-minutes on DC fast charging, and in six hours with Level 2 charging. Depending on battery option and drive cycle, LightningElectric has a payload capacity of up to 4,000 pounds.