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LightningElectric Priced, Orders Open

November 6, 2017 in batteries, delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, paratransit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

All-Battery Upfits for Ford Transit Are Priced
At $69,000 for 50-Mile Vehicles, $89,000 for 100

Lightning Systems is taking orders for its Ford-sanctioned LightningElectric all-battery version of the Transit van, pricing upfits for vehicles with a single charge-range of 100 miles at $89,000 with a tab of $69,000 for single-charge range of 50 miles.

UQM Technologies and New Eagle are lightning’s partners on the 100% lithium battery-powered LightningElectric version of the Ford Transit van.

Deliveries are to begin in February 2018, Lightning says, noting that vouchers and grants are available in some areas for the zero-emissions vehicles.

DC fast-charge capability is available as an option, as is the LightningAnalytics telematics data system.

A Ford eQVM Vehicle

The LightningElectric battery conversion package is available for Ford Transit under Ford’s eQVM (advanced qualified vehicle modifier) program, which also covers Lightning’s hydraulic hybrid vehicles (F&F, March 15, 2017).

The LightningElectric conversions will initially be available on heavy-duty Transits with a 10,360-pound GVWR/gross vehicle weight rating. “Conversions and service are performed by Ford QVM-certified upfitters and dealers around the world,” Lightning says.

‘Uses No Fuel’

“The new LightningElectric is an excellent choice for commercial and government fleets that would like a zero-emissions product that uses no fuel, but gets the job done with no compromises,” Lightning Systems sales VP David Brosky said in a release.

“The braking and acceleration feels like a gasoline-powered Ford Transit,” he said. “The vehicle is smooth and quiet with excellent performance and will please both drivers and passengers.”

New Eagle and UQM

Lightning credits New Eagle as its partner for “the electronic brains” of the LightningElectric Transit van (F&F, September 13).

Last month a collaboration with UQM Technologies was announced (F&F, October 23). “UQM will provide powertrain components for LightningElectric, including the gearbox, an electric motor and the inverter, as well as software controls for optimum performance and efficiency,” Lightning says.

Ford Warranty Remains in Place

The all-electric vans will have “a state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled lithium ion battery system from a volume-ready world-class battery supplier,” the company adds.

Ford’s vehicle warranty covers the base chassis for vehicles with the LightningElectric upfit, and Ford Motor Credit financing is available. Installation can be completed in just hours.

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Source: Lightning Systems with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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