Lightning eMotors (NYSE: ZEV), a manufacturer of specialty EVs for fleets, has formed a partnership with electronics giant ABB (NYSE: ABB) to offer DC fast charging hardware for electric fleet vehicles.
Lightning’s division Lightning Energy, which supplies charging solutions to fleet customers, will sell ABB DC fast charging systems, with power outputs from 20 kW to 350 kW, under the Lightning brand.
Lightning Energy offers a full suite of charging solutions for fleets, including hardware, installation services, back-end management software, financing options and ongoing support. Under its charging as a service (CaaS) option, Lightning owns the entire process, and provides on-site charging to the customer for a monthly fee.
“Commercial fleets must have a seamless experience from vehicle to charger to meet their financial targets and sustainability goals,” said Bob Stojanovic, Director of ABB’s e-mobility business in North America. “By collaborating with experienced companies like ABB, Lightning eMotors is helping its customers build smart, scalable fleet electrification programs.”
“In working with ABB, we’re able to offer some of the best EV charging systems available, which pair extremely well with the DC fast charge capabilities of Lightning eMotors’ vehicles,” said Brandon McNeil, VP of Lightning Energy. “ABB’s chargers offer the highest reliability in the industry, are supported by a widespread service network, and come equipped with the latest connectivity capabilities that enable remote services and business integration.”
“Our goal is to simplify fleet electrification as much as possible by determining the ideal charging approach, in step with the fleet selecting and purchasing their electric vehicles,” McNeil added. “We analyze your fleet charging needs, including number and type of vehicles, route cycles, opportunity charging and dwell times, and help you design a complete solution that optimizes your fleet. We determine the electricity needs at your site, how much charging hardware you need, and recommend where you should install charging to maximize uptime.”