Lightning Systems Electric Ford Transit Adds Range
May 22, 2019  GF Staff

The Generation 2 powertrain for Ford Transit vans has a range of 60 or 120
miles, depending on battery configurations. - Photo courtesy of Lighting

Lightning Systems, a developer of zero-emission drivetrains for commercial
fleets, announced the introduction of a longer-range, higher-speed
Generation 2 model of its Lightning Electric system for the Ford Transit.

The Lightning Electric Ford Transit is a battery-electric drivetrain package
for the Ford Transit 350HD. Thanks to new thermally-managed NMC battery
chemistry, the new Generation 2 all-electric powertrain has 20% longer range
than Gen 1, with battery configuration options for 60 or 120-mile ranges
(based on certified dynamometer testing). In addition, these new batteries
are all housed under the floor of the vehicle, with no impact on ground

The latest powertrain offers peak power of 160 kW (equivalent 215 hp), a
torque rating of 994 Nm, (733 lb.-ft.), and a top speed of 65 mph (software
limited). The full-electric system is available for the Ford Transit
passenger van, cargo van, cutaway, and chassis cab models. The Gen 2 product
achieves 61 mpge on certified dyno testing, compared to 13 mpg for the
gasoline version of the same vehicle.

Featuring a state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery system, the
Lightning Electric accommodates a full charge in 1 hour (60-mile range) or
1.5 hours (120-mile range) with Lightning’s DC fast charging option (using
standard CCS-Combo charging). Depending on battery option and drive cycle,
Lightning Electric Ford Transit has a payload capacity of up to 4,200 lbs.

“Our Generation 1 customers loved the smooth and quiet ride, excellent
power, and fit and finish of our Gen 1 Ford Transit all-electric platform,”
said Tim Reeser, CEO, Lightning Systems. “We now have built on that
foundation and added more range, moved all the batteries under the vehicle,
and given it a higher top speed. With the latest certified dynamometer
testing, we remain the leaders in tested and certified commercial EV
efficiency—no other Class 3 vehicle has certified to 61 mpge (1.8

Originally introduced in 2018, the Lightning Electric Ford Transit
Powertrain is available as part of Ford Motor Company’s eQVM (Advanced Fuel
Qualified Vehicle Modifiers) program. The product is available on heavy-duty
Transits with a 10,360-lb. gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). Installation
and service are performed by Ford QVM-certified upfitters and dealers around
the world.

The powertrain includes a five-year, 60,000-mile warranty with maintenance
performed by trained local dealers. Ford’s vehicle warranty covers the base
chassis for vehicles with the Lightning Electric upfit and installation can
be completed in hours by certified installers. Ford Motor Credit financing
is available along with electric vehicle vouchers and incentives, which also
are accessible in many states.
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