Lightning Systems debuts new electric Ford E450 Shuttle Bus and Cutaway models

Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine Source: Lightning Systems Colorado-based Lightning Systems has announced new battery-electric powertrain options for the Ford E-450 Shuttle Bus and E-450 Cutaway. Orders are being accepted now, and delivery will begin by the end of 2018.The new models have a 14,500-pound GVWR and a range of 110 miles. Peak power is 220 kW (295 hp) and torque is 700 Nm 516 lb-ft.The Lightning Electric powertrain is available for the Ford E-450 as part of Ford’s eQVM (Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifiers) program. Ford QVM participants perform installations and service. Ford’s vehicle warranty covers the base chassis, and there is also a five-year, 60,000-mile warranty on the powertrain.Lightning Analytics, a cloud-based analytics system that provides predictive maintenance, route scoring, range analysis, driver behavior and geofencing, is available as an option on every Lightning Electric vehicle.“We’ve become the only stop you have to make to get zero-emission vehicles for all of your fleet needs,” said Lightning CEO Tim Reeser. “Now we have high-quality zero-emissions vehicles available for commercial and government fleets in the medium-duty and heavy-duty segments, from the Ford Transit all the way to our all-electric repower product for transit buses. Our goal is to be a full-service provider of elegantly-integrated zero-emission solutions, and this new powertrain for shuttle buses and cutaways is yet another option for fleets looking to reduce their environmental footprint with no compromises on the capability and quality of the vehicle.” read more