Novi-based Lighting Systems, a developer of high efficiency and emissions improvement solutions for fleets worldwide, today announced it will introduce, in partnership with Ann Arbor-based New Eagle a zero emissions full electric system for Ford Motor Co. Transit passenger wagon, van, cutaway, and chassis cab models. The LightningElectric zero-emissions package is available for Ford Transit as part of the company’s eQVM program.
The product will be available first on heavy-duty transits with a 10,360-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and will go on sale in early 2018. Conversions and service are performed by Ford QVM-certified upfitters and dealers around the world.
“Our new LightningElectric model provides fleets with a terrific option to save money and achieve sustainability goals on a popular and serviceable Ford platform that is powerful, smooth, and quiet,” says Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning Systems.
Depending on battery option and drive cycle, LightningElectric, formerly LightningHybrid, will have an electric range of up to 125 miles, and a payload capacity of up to 3,500 pounds. Ford’s vehicle warranty covers vehicles with the LightningElectric upfit and installation can be completed in a few hours by certified installers. Featuring a volume-production ready high-voltage lithium battery pack, LightningElectric will accommodate full charging overnight with level one and less than three hours for level two charging.
Both the LightningElectric and LightningHybrid systems will be certified by Ford’s new eQVM program. The program helps fleet and commercial customers meet their unique and specific needs for durable, reliable advanced technology work trucks that retain the original powertrain warranty and utilize Ford’s vast dealer service network.
More information about Lightning Systems can be found here.