Lightning Systems debuts new electric powertrain for Ford F-550 Chassis Cab

Colorado-based Lightning Systems has launched a new all-electric powertrain for the popular Ford F-550 Chassis Cab, which can be used for shuttle buses, delivery trucks and many other specialty vehicles.

The new Lightning Electric Ford F-550 will be available in gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR) of 17,500 to 19,500 pounds. The company is now accepting orders from fleet customers.

The new model features a liquid-cooled battery pack that delivers a range of “more than 100 miles, depending on equipment configuration, payload, route, weather, and driver,” and DC fast charging. Peak power is 180 kW (241 hp), torque is rated at 1,100 Nm (881 lb-ft), and top speed is 65 mph. The powertrain comes with a five-year, 60,000-mile warranty. Maintenance is performed by certified local service providers.

Lightning’s electric powertrain can also be used to convert existing trucks and shuttle buses.

The optional Lightning Analytics package is a cloud-based analytics system that provides real-time information for fleets, including predictive maintenance, route scoring, range analysis, driver behavior and geofencing.

All Lightning Systems vehicles are eligible for funding from the California Air Resources Board’s Hybrid and Zero Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), which can reduce the upfront cost by 40 to 70%. Some other states also have incentive programs available.

“As a result of our modular and flexible battery and powertrain design, the Lightning F-550, like all of our platforms, supports a wide array of aftermarket solutions from leading Ford upfitters, including rear air conditioning for buses, rear heating, wheelchair lifts, cargo lifts, boxes, tow truck accessories, and refrigeration units,” said Lightning CEO Tim Reeser.

“One of the advantages to working with Lightning Systems is our willingness and ability to structure solutions specific to a fleet’s needs,” said Director of Business Development Nick Bettis. “The F-550 is an important addition to our product mix that enables us to offer electric trucks and buses from Class 3 to Class 8. Couple that with our complete suite of charging solutions, and we can address a fleet’s electrification needs from cradle to grave.”

Source: Lightning Systems