ACT News 2017

Lightning Hybrids

Lightning Rebrands, Broadens Its Services

May 30, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Alternative Fuels, Companies, delivery vehicles, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid, municipal fleet, New Products, paratransit, Technology, telematics, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Renamed Company Offering Fuel-Saving Capabilities
For Commercial and Government Fleets Using All Fuels

Lightning Systems has re-branded, adding capabilities taking the Colorado company far beyond the fuel-saving hydraulic hybrid to services for all fleets and fuels, and moving its corporate headquarters.

Lightning Hybrids Now a Ford eQVM

March 15, 2017 in Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, event, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.

50 Lightning Hybrids for UPS in Chicago

October 3, 2016 in delivery vehicles, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

FCCC MT-55 Vans with Gasoline Engines
Partially Funded via Drive Clean Chicago

Lightning Hybrids is spreading the word that UPS has deployed the first of 50 delivery vehicles fitted with Lightning’s fuel-saving hydraulic hybrid driveline. The vans for the Chicago area were partially funded via the Drive Clean Chicago program.

Lightning Hybrids Pair for Alaska Park

August 17, 2016 in Fleet Order, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Denali National Park Deploys Two Passenger Shuttles

Lightning Hybrids said late yesterday that two shuttle buses modified with its fuel-saving hydraulic hybrid driveline have been deployed at the Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Denali, formerly known as Mount McKinley, is the highest mountain in North America.

Lightning Hydraulic Hybrid #2 for NREL

July 18, 2016 in Fleet Order, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Colorado Lab Is Now Operating Two Lightning Drive Vans

Loveland, Colo.-based Lightning Hybrids said today that technicians at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have installed a hydraulic hybrid driveline from Lightning in a second Ford E-450 van.

Lightning Hybrids 32 More for Kiessling

June 28, 2016 in Fleet Order, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Shuttle Operator Nearly Doubles Hydraulic Hybrid Fleet

Massachusetts-based Kiessling Transit has ordered 32 more shuttle vehicles with Lightning Hybrids driveline upfits, nearly doubling its hydraulic hybrid fleet.

Lightning Hybrids for Peapod in Chicago

May 31, 2016 in Companies, Fleet Order, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Advanced VTech Installs Hydraulic Hybrid Drive in Grocer Vans

Colorado’s Lightning Hybrids has supplied its hydraulic hybrid Energy Recovery System equipment for two gasoline-fueled Workhorse-chassis vans now making deliveries in the Chicago area for the online grocer Peapod.

Lightning Hybrids Opens UK Offices

May 1, 2015 in Companies, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Releases Test Results Showing Hydraulic Hybrid Emission Reductions

Loveland, Colo.-based Lightning Hybrids has opened offices near London’s Heathrow Airport to spearhead the firm’s international expansion, which has already seen placement of vehicles in Canada and India.

Largest-Ever Order for Lightning Hybrids

March 5, 2015 in Fleet Order, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

35 Hydraulic Hybrid Van for Kiessling Transit in Massachusetts

Loveland, Colo.-based Lightning Hybrids reported an agreement with Massachusetts’ Kiessling Transit to supply 35 hydraulic hybrid systems – its largest order to date. The deal, following a year-long pilot program, was disclosed at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. updated March 6

Lightning Hybrids on F59 Walk-In Van

February 16, 2015 in Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid, money available, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hydraulic Hybrid Driveline Introduced with Morgan Olson Body

Colorado’s Lightning Hybrids will introduce the first application of its hydraulic hybrid driveline technology on a walk-in box truck at the South Shore Clean Cities annual meeting in Merrillville, Ind. tomorrow, February 17.

Lightning Awarded U.S. Patent for Regen

February 3, 2015 in Hydraulic Hybrid, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Covers Fourth Generation of Firm’s Parallel Hydraulic Hybrid System
‘To Recover & Reapply Energy at Efficiencies Expected to Be Above 70%’

Colorado’s Lightning Hybrids reports the award of a full U.S. utility patent for the fourth generation of its parallel hydraulic hybrid system.

Lightning Hydraulic Hybrid for AmeriPride

November 18, 2014 in Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Modified Ford F59-Chassis Vehicle for Service in Toronto
With Drive Installed by Morgan Olson; L&H Is Doing So Too

AmeriPride Services, which provides linens and uniforms via a fleet of some 1,900 vehicles in North America, is deploying its first hydraulic hybrid delivery truck, says driveline supplier Lightning Hybrids. this item was initially posted on November 17

Lightning Hybrids Gets New Funding

November 5, 2014 in Companies, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid, investments by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Money to Ramp Up Fifth-Generation Hydraulic Hybrid System
And for ‘a Major Push’ into Developing International Markets

Colorado’s Lightning Hybrids says that proceeds from a current funding round are being used to ramp up manufacturing of the company’s fifth-generation hydraulic hybrid drivetrain system for trucks and buses, “and to make a major push into international markets, especially in developing countries.”

Lightning Releases HHV Test Results

June 24, 2014 in Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NOx Is Reduced by as Much as 90%, Dyno Tests Show

Colorado’s Lightning Hybrids, citing initial results from independent dynamometer testing, is citing decreases in NOx emissions of up to 90% and decreases in carbon dioxide emissions as great as 16% as compared with baseline vehicles without the firm’s parallel hydraulic hybrid drive.

Lightning Hydraulics for Heavier Vehicles

April 27, 2014 in Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hydraulic Hybrid Drive Adopted for Class 7 and 8 Buses and Trucks,
Colorado Company Prepares for Trials on a BMTC Tata Bus in India

Colorado’s Lightning Hybrids has been quietly testing a heavier version of its fuel-saving hydraulic hybrid driveline, suitable for Class 7 and Class 8 buses and trucks. Early installations include an 81-passenger Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner bus in Toronto and, with trials to begin this summer, a Tata BS III vehicle operated by BMTC, India’s Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corp.

Leggett & Platt Runs Alt Fuels Gamut

March 4, 2014 in NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Four CNG Systems, One Propane, Three Different Hybrids,
Taking Over & Moving Westport’s Canada Pickup Operation

Leggett & Platt CVP is advising customers of a full range of gaseous fuel and hybrid drive offerings at this week’s NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The firm is ranging beyond CNG for Ford vans using Landi Renzo USA hardware to CNG systems for GM and Chrysler vehicles, propane autogas for a wide range of vehicles, and hybrids: electric, plug-in electric, and hydraulic.

Lightning Stresses Larger Vehicles

January 21, 2014 in Companies, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Superior Torque is the Differentiator for the Hydraulic Hybrid,
Colorado Company Promotes Brake Retarder to Show Benefits

Colorado’s Lightning Hybrids is moving to differentiate its hydraulic hybrid drivetrains from the electric hybrid competition. A key distinction is the suitability of the higher-torque hybrid for heavy vehicles, the company says.

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