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Lightning Systems debuts new all-electric Ford E-450 Shuttle Bus and Cutaway models

Lightning Systems new drivetrain can provide a 110-mile range

Lightning Systems, a global developer of zero-emission drivetrains for commercial fleets, has announced new battery-electric powertrain options for the Ford E-450 Shuttle Bus and Ford E-450 Cutaway.

The new Lightning Electric models for the Ford E-450 will be available in 14,500-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) with an all-electric range of 110 miles. Orders are being accepted immediately, and delivery of the new products will begin by the end of 2018.

“We’ve become the only stop you have to make to get zero-emission vehicles for all of your fleet needs,” said CEO of Lightning Systems Tim Reeser. “This follows our strategy of electrifying popular high-quality platforms in the Class 3 to 8 segments. Fleets can get the job done around town or on the worksite, while saving fuel and meeting their sustainability and environmental goals.”

The new Lightning Electric Ford E-450 model will offer peak power of 220 kW, which is the equivalent of 295 horsepower. Torque is rated at 700 Nm, equal to 516 pound-feet. There is a five-year, 60,000-mile warranty on the powertrain with maintenance performed by trained local dealers. Clean fleet vouchers and incentives are available in many states through the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust.

The new model will have an electric range of 110 miles – depending on route and driver. Full regenerative braking, with industry-leading efficiency, adds range while reducing wear and tear on the friction brakes.

Featuring a state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery system, the new Lightning Electric Ford E-450 will accommodate a full charge in two hours with DC fast charging.

In addition to the new all-electric E-450, existing vehicles can be repowered to be zero-emission trucks and shuttles with the Lightning powertrain.

“Now we have high-quality zero-emissions vehicles available for commercial and government fleets in the medium-duty and heavy-duty segments, from the Ford Transit all the way to our all-electric repower product for transit buses,” Reeser added.

“Our goal is to be a full-service provider of elegantly-integrated zero-emission solutions, and this new powertrain for shuttle buses and cutaways is yet another option for fleets looking to reduce their environmental footprint with no compromises on the capability and quality of the vehicle.”

Lightning Electric is available for the Ford E-450 as part of Ford’s eQVM (Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifiers) programme. Ford’s vehicle warranty covers the base chassis for vehicles with the Lightning drivetrain.

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