New LightningElectric System Debuts for Ford Transit Models


In partnership with New Eagle, Lightning Systems, a developer of efficiency and emissions improvement solutions for fleets, is introducing a zero-emissions, full electric system for Ford Transit passenger wagon, van, cutaway and chassis cab models.

The LightningElectric zero-emissions package is available for Ford Transit as part of Ford’s eQVM program. The product will be available first on heavy-duty Transits with a 10,360-pound gross vehicle weight rating and will go on sale in early 2018. Conversions and service are performed by Ford QVM-certified upfitters and dealers globally.

“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.

Loveland, Colo.-based Lightning Systems worked with New Eagle of Ann Arbor, Mich., on the design of the system. New Eagle specializes in mechatronic controls.

“We saw a real need for a zero-emissions product in this segment of the fleet market,” comments Rich Swortzel, president of New Eagle.

Depending on the battery option and drive cycle, LightningElectric will have an electric range of up to 125 miles and a payload capacity of up to 3,500 pounds. Ford Motor Co.’s vehicle warranty covers vehicles with the LightningElectric upfit, and Ford Motor Credit financing is also available. Installation can be completed in just hours by certified installers, the companies note.

Furthermore, featuring a high-voltage lithium battery pack, LightningElectric will accommodate full charging overnight with Level 1 and less than three hours with Level 2 charging.

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