Lightning Systems receives OK to sell its all-electric Ford F-59 in California

Colorado-based Lightning Systems, a developer of zero-emission drivetrains for commercial fleets, has received an Executive Order from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its Ford F-59 platform, commonly used in food truck and delivery van applications. The Executive Order confirms that Lightning System’s F-59 has met emissions and efficiency standards and can be legally sold in the state.

The latest Lightning Electric powertrain for the Ford F-59 chassis is available for all F-59 variants. Lightning Systems offers the platform in 80-mile and 110-mile range versions. The vehicle produces a peak power of 180 kW, a torque rating of 1071 Nm (790 lb-ft), and a top speed of 65 MPH (software limited).

According to Lightning, charging takes about 2 hours (80-mile range) or 2.5 hours (110-mile range) with the DC fast charging option (using standard CCS Combo charging).

As a fleet vehicle, Lightning System’s Ford F-59 will be eligible for incentives through CARB’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). Fleets receive the voucher discount at the point of sale while HVIP-approved vendors and dealers process the required documentation. Eligible California customers can receive up to $100,000 in HVIP voucher amounts to go towards the price of the F-59.

“Our customers have been asking for this platform because the Ford F-59 chassis is economical, high quality, and widely used by our customers in delivery truck and food truck applications,” said Lightning Systems CEO Tim Reeser. “We can now offer the platform with significant savings to our California customers by taking advantage of the HVIP vouchers currently available.”

Source: Lightning Systems via Green Car Congress

  • EVman

    DIYev has already done this on some level as well.
    DIYev has more power, easier to work on, battery module system. DIYev has 210KW powertrain, 120 mile distance, 700VDC system, fast charge DC or J1772, top speed of 75mph and 21% hillclimb fully loaded. Starting at under $150K.
    DIYev engineers filed similar for HVIP before and will do second filing by next month using the F-59 chassis as well. Buyers are urged to do their due diligence on both companies and suggest that you see drivetrains in person. DIYev is a very advanced easy to use system.

    • Tim Reeser

      Several differentiators — Lightning is Ford QVM-certified and it’s powertrains are installed by Ford QVM certified partners — so our powertrains don’t cancel the Ford warranty. Also, Lightning’s engineers work closely with Ford to ensure weight and balance attributes of the vehicle are maintained – battery placement is very critical. Finally, the Lightning dash and software integration is very tight and elegant — the dash and instruments look and feel and work like Ford instruments — yet have the correct labels and use (EV versus gasoline). This is only possible for QVM partners.