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The Inverter: The Unsung Hero of an EV Drivetrain

As you know, electric vehicles have one or more batteries, and one or more propulsion motors. Our designs use a single propulsion motor which connects via a simple transmission unit to the vehicle’s drive shaft. But have you ever wondered what goes in-between the batteries and the motor? Just like the AA batteries in [...]

2019-08-16T16:55:59-06:00August 16th, 2019|

Lightning Systems electric vehicles: Sustainability

This article discusses the benefits of battery-electric commercial vehicles from a sustainability perspective, primarily focusing on emissions but also looking at the end-to-end environmental impact of the products. You can find a PDF of this article here. A quick look at automotive pollutants... Automotive pollutants fall into two main categories: Air quality pollutants - These [...]

2019-08-08T14:35:02-06:00August 8th, 2019|

Ramping Up…

The market for electric commercial vehicles is heating up, and we’re ramping right up with it. With new orders rolling in, we’re going into high gear with electric drivetrain production at our Loveland, Colorado facility. The photo shows two of our Gen2 Ford Transit drivetrains being built for a customer in Southern California. Designed [...]

2019-08-08T08:53:19-06:00August 7th, 2019|

New Orders Lead to Growth of Colorado’s Lightning Systems, Hiring 14 New Employees, with More Hiring to Come

Commercial fleets and government agencies search for solutions to meet new regulations as well as sustainability and climate change goals, leading to company’s expansion LOVELAND, Colo., Aug. 7, 2019 – An increase in demand for zero-emission vehicles is leading to the rapid growth of Colorado-based Lightning Systems. The company, which designs and manufactures all-electric [...]

2019-08-07T11:59:11-06:00August 7th, 2019|

Lightning Systems Receives California Air Resources Board Executive Order for the New Electric Ford F-59 Delivery Van and Food Truck

Lightning’s all-electric vehicle is available now and qualifies for up to $100,000 in HVIP vouchers in California and VW Emissions Mitigation Trust Fund grants in most States throughout the US. LOVELAND, Colo., July 25, 2019 – Lightning Systems, a developer of zero emission drivetrains for commercial fleets, has received an Executive Order from the [...]

2019-08-08T08:50:19-06:00July 25th, 2019|

The Truth About Purpose-Built vs. Conversions

Among the up-and-coming US-based electric commercial vehicle manufacturers, two approaches are competing for the mindshare of fleet customers: all-new, purpose-built EV’s and EV conversions of established vehicles from major OEMs. Although the argument for purpose-built electric vehicles resonates with engineers and technical fleet managers, only purpose-built electric transit buses have succeeded to date — [...]

2019-07-24T16:09:33-06:00July 24th, 2019|

The Truth About Battery Costs

Batteries for commercial EVs (vans, trucks and buses) are more expensive than you might think. Here’s why...Commercial EVs require high quality battery cells, fully packaged with sophisticated battery management systems and thermal management accessories (hoses, cooling pumps, etc.). These components are both supply-constrained and expensive, with low-volume pricing today typically exceeding $600/kWh. This is a [...]

2019-07-23T08:50:54-06:00July 23rd, 2019|

Lightning Systems All-Electric Zero Emissions Medium-Duty Vehicles Selected for State of California Contract

State agencies, local governments can meet climate change, sustainability goals by purchasing all-electric, zero emissions vehicles through the program LOVELAND, Colo., July 16, 2019 – Colorado-based Lightning Systems, a global developer of zero emissions drivetrains, today announced that its all-electric powertrains for Ford and Chevrolet medium-duty trucks and buses are now offered on a [...]

2019-07-17T11:41:27-06:00July 16th, 2019|

Lightning Systems Gen 2 Model of All-Electric Ford Transit Named in California Air Resources Board Executive Order

Longer-range, higher-speed, all-electric Ford Transit 350HD Generation 2 model gets 61 MPGe in city and on the highway LOVELAND, Colo., July 11, 2019 – Lightning Systems, a global developer of zero emissions drivetrains for commercial fleets, has had its longer-range, higher-speed, Generation 2 model of its Lightning Electric system for the Ford Transit named [...]

2019-07-11T08:03:44-06:00July 11th, 2019|

Lightning Systems Accepting Orders for New Zero Emission LightningElectric for Ford Transit; Announces Specs, Pricing

Full-electric system available for passenger wagon, cargo van, cutaway, chassis cab models LOVELAND, Colo., Oct. 26, 2017 – Lightning Systems, a global developer of efficiency and emissions improvement solutions for fleets, today announced it is accepting pre-orders for its new zero emission LightningElectric system for Ford Transit. The LightningElectric battery conversion package is available [...]

2019-05-12T08:14:22-06:00October 26th, 2017|