Lightning Systems, a Colorado-based developer of electric drivetrains for commercial fleets, has introduced a Generation 2 model of its Lightning Electric system for the Ford Transit with 20% greater range and a higher top speed.
The Lightning Electric Ford Transit is a battery-electric drivetrain for the Ford Transit 350HD. Thanks to new thermally-managed lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC) battery chemistry, Lightning Systems says the Generation 2 powertrain has 20% longer range than the Gen 1. The company offers battery configuration options for 60- and 120-mile ranges. Unlike the Gen 1 model, these new batteries are all housed under the floor of the vehicle, with no impact on ground clearance.
The new powertrain offers peak power of 160 kW, a torque rating of 994 Nm (733 lb-ft), and a computer-limited top speed of 65 MPH. The system is available for the Ford Transit Passenger van, Cargo van, Cutaway and Chassis Cab models. The Gen 2 product achieves 61 MPGe on certified dyno testing, compared to 13 MPG for the gasoline version of the same vehicle.
With the DC fast charger, the Lightning Electric can be fully charged in 1 hour with the 60-mile battery option and 1.5 hours with the 120-mile option. Depending on the battery option and drive cycle, the vehicles can offer a payload capacity of up to 4,200 pounds.
“Our Generation 1 customers loved the smooth and quiet ride, excellent power, and fit and finish of our Gen 1 Ford Transit all-electric platform,” said Lightning Systems CEO Tim Reeser. “We now have built on that foundation and added more range, moved all the batteries under the vehicle, and given it a higher top speed. With the latest certified dynamometer testing, we remain the leaders in tested and certified commercial EV efficiency – no other Class 3 vehicle has certified to 61 MPGe (1.8 miles/kWh).”
Source: Lightning Systems