New Lightning Mobile charger provides roadside DC fast charging for fleet vehicles

Colorado-based Lightning Systems, a manufacturer of zero-emission drivetrains for commercial fleets, has introduced Lightning Mobile, a mobile DC fast charger.

Equipped with 192 kWh of high-energy-density, liquid-cooled battery storage in a package that can be installed in a vehicle or trailer for mobile deployment, Lightning Mobile is designed to provide on-demand roadside charging. Lightning Systems says the mobile charger can even be used to recharge an EV en route, like a fighter aircraft being refueled in-flight.

Lightning Mobile is charged from a standard Level 2 AC charger at up to 18 kW, and can deliver DC fast charging at up to 80 kW and (as an option) Level 2 AC charging at up to 19.2 kW. Lightning designed the system to be installed in its Lightning Electric Transit 350HD cargo van, but says it can be installed in any vehicle or trailer that meets size and weight specifications.

The batteries in the Lightning Mobile package include many of the same features as Lightning Systems’ powertrains, including active thermal management and telematics/analytics features.

“Every fleet with electric commercial vehicles will benefit from mobile fast charging,” said Lightning Systems CEO Tim Reeser. “Uptime is the name of the game for fleets. While operators will schedule vehicle duties to include depot-based charging, there’s always the chance that a vehicle will need a top-up at another location or en route. There is also often the need for DC fast charging at locations or times that may not already be permitted for fast chargers or where demand rates would prohibit fast charging direct from the grid. Lightning Mobile fulfills all these needs.”

Source: Lightning Systems