Motiv Power Systems and XL Hybrids
Also Named to New Modifier Program
Ford is talking up a new Qualified Vehicle Modifier category its says “electrifies work trucks” but headed yesterday’s announcement with Lightning Hybrids, which uses a hydraulic hybrid design dubbed ERS (for Energy Recovery System) to slash fuel use in light duty vehicles.
Colorado-based Lightning is one of three firms approved for the eQVM program, which was announced at this week’s NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The others are California’s Motiv Power Systems with all-electric drivelines, and Massachusetts-based XL Hybrids, which uses a combination of regenerative braking and batteries to reduce fuel use.
“The new eQVM program,” says Ford, “helps fleet and commercial customers meet their unique and specific needs for durable, reliable electrified and hydraulic hybrid work trucks that retain the original powertrain warranty.”
More Options for Ford Work Trucks
“Ford supports electrification for a variety of vehicle types,” Ford sustainability and QVM program manager Dick Cupka said in yesterday’s release.
“The eQVM program extends that support to the vocational truck industry where customers need relatively small numbers of specialized vehicles,” he said: “there is no one-size-fits-all work truck.”
Lightning ERS: ‘a Compelling Option’
“For commercial and government fleets working to save fuel and substantially reduce emissions, our ERS technology is a compelling option for all of Ford’s medium and heavy duty platforms, backed by the peace of mind offered by Ford’s eQVM program,” said Lightning CEO Tim Reeser said in an announcement today.
“Our system reduces NOx emissions by half and CO2 emissions by 25% compared to vehicles without it, and fleets see a quick return on investment,” he said.
Lightning notes that this past autumn, UPS placed 50 ERS-converted vehicles in its Chicago fleet (F&F, October 3). Kiessling Transit, a Massachusetts-based paratransit company, recently doubled the size of its hydraulic hybrid green fleet to 70 vehicles.
NREL and the Parks
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo. and Denali National Park in Alaska also operate vehicles with the Lightning ERS. In addition, the company recently expanded its offices in the United Kingdom to service customers in Europe.
Motiv Power Systems, which offers an all-electric powertrain for the Ford E-450 and F-59 chassis, last week announced 20 more of the latter for AmeriPride services, bringing the linen delivery company fleet to a sector record of 30 (F&F, March 7).
On Show in Indianapolis
XL Hybrids announced a plug-in version of its hybrid electric drive late last year, and said last month that initial availability of the new variant – which can cut fuel use in half – would be on the Ford F-150 pickup (F&F, February 28).
Lightning Hybrids is showing a Ford E-350 box truck equipped with its hydraulic hybrid ERS at the Work Truck Show. Ford is showing both Motiv- and XL Hybrids-converted vehicles.
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Source: Lightning Hybrids & Ford with Fleets & Fuels follow-up