Lightning Hybrids Renames Business, Rolls Out Fleet Efficiency Lineup


Loveland, Colo.-based Lightning Hybrids has announced it will change its name to Lightning Systems, effective immediately, and that in the next two years, it will introduce a new lineup of fleet efficiency products to support commercial and government fleets.

To keep up with demand and support manufacturing of new products, Lightning Systems says it also will be moving its corporate headquarters to the Rocky Mountain Center for Innovation & Technology in Loveland at Southwest 14th Street and Taft Ave.

As reported, the new space has 45,000 square feet, nearly doubling the size of the company’s existing headquarters.

Lightning Systems announced that its current portfolio of product offerings will include the following:

  • LightningAnalytics: A new cloud-based analytics system that offers precise fuel-efficiency and emissions data and analysis for optimization of fleet vehicle efficiency, drive cycles and routes, driver behavior, and vehicle maintenance. The system is available now with the Lightning Hybrids system and will be available as a stand-alone product for commercial and government fleets that operate diesel, gasoline, hybrid, compressed natural gas and full-electric powertrain systems in fall 2017.
  • LightningHybrids: A medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicle energy recovery system that offers 50% NOx reductions and up to 25% fuel savings for urban drive cycles. Applications include delivery trucks, shuttle and paratransit buses, refuse trucks, and rear-engine transit buses. The system is available now, worldwide, on more than 25 platforms.

According to the company, a variety of new Lightning Systems’ fuel-efficiency and emissions improvements will be introduced over the next two years. All products will leverage the LightningAnalytics system to validate efficiency results for fleets and will be available either as a retrofit for existing vehicles or for new vehicles from Lightning’s network of distributors and upfitters.

“The new name, Lightning Systems, and our rollout of new products reflects our company’s vision: to be a global leader in efficiency and emissions improvement solutions for fleets of medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles,” says Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning Systems, who made the announcement on Wednesday at the ACT Expo. “We are rolling out a full portfolio of products to help fleet operations be as efficient as possible, validate those results with precise analytical information, and help realize a fast return on investment.

“LightningAnalytics tracks a fleet’s vehicles every second, recording up to 70 variables during that second,” Reeser says. “It records everything from acceleration rates, braking events, and ABS and traction-control events to miles per gallon, idle time and vehicle health. But, the real key is the way the data is processed and then provided to fleet operators.

“Our team of fleet data scientists uses advanced analytics and formulas to reduce the data to useful information and present automated, as well as in-person, reports to fleet operators that give specific and actionable ways to optimize fleet operations for peak efficiency, often identifying problems and providing a solution preemptively,” he adds.

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