Lightning Announces Electric Powertrain for Ford F-59


Lightning Systems, a Colorado-based developer of zero-emission drivetrains for commercial fleets, has rolled out new battery-electric powertrain options for the Ford F-59 Model. These solutions specifically support customers with delivery and food truck applications.

The new Lightning Electric powertrain for the Ford F-59 chassis is available for all F-59 variants – which range from 16,000 to 22,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating configurations.

Lightning has already received orders for early production units, and deliveries will begin this summer. This product represents the fifth powertrain now available in the Lightning product line.

“Our top priority is to offer fleets high-quality, elegantly engineered zero-emission solutions on platforms that they already use extensively,” notes Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning Systems.

The new Lightning Electric Ford F-59 model will offer a peak power of 180 kW (241 HP), and the torque is rated at 1071 Nm (790 lb.-ft.). There is a five-year, 60,000-mile warranty on the powertrain, with maintenance performed by trained local dealers. Vehicle vouchers and incentives are also available in many states, notes Lightning.

The Lightning F-59 offers two range variants – either 80 or 110 miles – with modular, thermally managed lithium-ion battery systems with 96 or 128 kWh, respectively. The battery system will accommodate a full charge in under two hours for 80 miles of range and a little over two hours for the 110-mile-range version with DC fast-charging. The powertrain also supports full regenerative braking and adds range while reducing wear and tear. In addition, the vehicle comes with Lightning Analytics, which provides reporting on vehicle efficiency and operating metrics.

Lightning Electric is available for the Ford F-59 as part of Ford’s eQVM (Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifiers) program. Ford’s vehicle warranty covers the base chassis for vehicles with the Lightning drivetrain. Ford QVM participants perform installations and service.

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