Colorado-based UQM Technologies Inc. has announced it will collaborate with Lightning Systems to support the Ford Transit concept vehicles for Lightning Systems’ beta programs for the Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier (eQVM) program by Ford Motor Co. Announced in March, the Ford eQVM program provides recognition to aftermarket equipment installers that meet manufacturing guidelines and best practices for alternative fuels and advanced technologies (such as electric vehicles and hydraulic hybrids).
Lightning Systems, located in Loveland, Colo., is already in production with hydraulic hybrid applications and is in the process of expanding its customer offerings to electric vehicles. This early production program supports the initial vehicles that are expected to be delivered to customers during the first quarter of 2018. UQM says it will supply powertrain components consisting of a gearbox, an electric motor and the inverter, as well as software controls for the EV performance and efficiency.
“We are excited about this opportunity to foster this relationship with Lightning Systems. The synergies that exist between our companies are ideal for the EV market with respect to clean technology, geographic location, and learned experience,” says Joe Mitchell, president and CEO of UQM. “This relationship allows Lightning Systems the opportunity to support its current and future growth customers with quality engineered products and excellent customer service solutions.”
“We are pleased to have UQM as one of our key partners supporting our EV products and strategy,” says Tim Reeser, president and CEO of Lightning Systems. “This relationship will allow us to provide leading-edge technology that will exceed our customers’ expectations for high quality and cost-effective zero emissions vehicles.”