Lightning Systems, a developer of zero-emissions solutions for commercial fleets, is taking its new Ford Transit Lightning Electric model on a national tour, which includes a scheduled visit to Detroit from April 16-20.
Tours will start at Lightning Systems’ headquarters in Loveland, Colo. Detroit will be part of the eastbound tour, which ends at the 30th Annual Equipment and Vehicle Show in Queens, N.Y.
The new electric vehicle gets 61 MPG on in-town routes, and 66 MPG on the highway. An identical Ford Transit that runs on gasoline gets about 13 MPG on in-town routes, and 15 MPG on the highway.
“The upcoming road show is a great chance for fleets to experience firsthand how quiet, smooth, and powerful the new Lightning Electric is,” says Tim Reeser, CEO for Lightning Systems. “It comes with all the benefits fleets expect from a Ford vehicle – interior comfort, warranty, and top-class fit and finish – with the added benefits of a zero-emissions electric vehicle like instant acceleration and lower maintenance costs.”
The Lightning Electric is a battery-electric drivetrain package for the heavy-duty Ford Transit, a product used by commercial and government fleets.
Lightning Electric is available for the Ford Transit as part of the Ford’s eQVM program. It went on sale earlier this year and is available for heavy-duty Ford Transits with a 10,360-pound gross vehicle weight rating. Ford’s vehicle warranty covers the base chassis for vehicles with the Lightning drivetrain. Ford QVM dealers and upfitters perform installations and service.
The Lightning product features a liquid-cooled Lithium-Ion battery that can be fast-charged in 30 minutes on DC fast charging, and in six hours with Level 2 charging. Lightning Electric has a payload capacity of up to 4,000 pounds.
Last month, Lightning Systems announced the development of a hydrogen fuel cell version of the Lightning Electric that will extend the range of the vehicle to more than 200 miles. The vehicle is slated to be available in summer 2018 with a focus on the California market.
Lightning Analytics, a new cloud-based analytics system that provides drive, route, and predictive vehicle health scoring, is available as an option with every Lightning Systems vehicle.
Test drives of the Transit will be offered at the tour stop in Detroit. To learn more, visit www.lightningsystems.com.