Proterra to provide battery tech for Lightning Class 3 commercial van

Lightning eMotors, a provider of complete zero-emission-vehicle solutions for commercial fleets, has announced that EV manufacturer and powertrain specialist Proterra will supply the battery technology for the Generation 4 Lightning Electric Transit commercial van.

The Lightning Electric Transit commercial van is a purpose-built Class 3 commercial EV. It’s available in several configurations, including last-mile cargo vans, passenger vans, shuttle buses, ambulances, school buses and RVs. It allows for wheelchair lifts, custom floor rails and custom bus doors. Lightning offers high-voltage integration to support battery operation of refrigeration systems, food-truck equipment, medical equipment, RV gear and other upfitter add-ons.

Lightning expects to begin customer deliveries of the new van later this year, and anticipates annual production of up to 3,000 vehicles by 2023. Lightning assembles its vehicles at its 231,000-square-foot facility in Loveland, Colorado.

“Proterra’s batteries are premium technology for premium vehicles,” said Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning eMotors. “We’ve delivered more zero-emission medium-duty commercial EVs than any other manufacturer in North America, and Proterra’s batteries will allow us to give our customers even more range, power, and features on our purpose-built vehicles at the price they need to scale up their electric fleets.”

Source: Proterra