Ford E-450 Electric Shuttle Bus Becomes Real Thanks To Lightning

SEP 26 2018 BY MARK KANE 7

Lightning Systems electrified the Ford E-450.

Lightning Systems, which specializes in making plug-in commercial vehicles, introduced two more models to choose from, the Ford E-450 Shuttle Bus and Ford E-450 Cutaway.

The good news is that orders are being accepted immediately with first deliveries expected by the end of this year. There is also a possibility to convert existing Ford E-450s to electric.

The range of the Lightning Systems Ford E-450 stands at 110 miles, while the electric motor is 220 kW.

Lightning Systems Ford E-450 spec:

  • 110 miles (177 km) of range
  • liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery system
  • 220 kW (295hp) of power and 700 Nm of torque
  • five-year, 60,000-mile warranty on the powertrain
  • 14,500-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR)
  • full charge in two hours with DC fast charging

More in the press release:

“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.”

“Lightning Electric is available for the Ford E-450 as part of Ford’s eQVM (Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifiers) program. Ford’s vehicle warranty covers the base chassis for vehicles with the Lightning drivetrain. Ford QVM participants perform installations and service. Earlier this year Lightning Systems began deliveries of the Lightning Electric upfit for the heavy-duty Ford Transit, which is also covered by Ford’s eQVM program.

QVM is Ford’s quality recognition given to aftermarket adaptive equipment installers that meet manufacturing guidelines and best practices. Ford’s thorough QVM qualification process includes on-site assessments at each location to verify the operation meets manufacturing, assembly, workmanship, customer service, and quality requirements, and that it has processes in place to produce vehicles that meet federal regulations.

Lightning Analytics, a cloud-based analytics system that provides predictive maintenance, route scoring, range analysis, driver behavior and geofencing for maximum range and efficiency, is available as an option on every Lightning Electric vehicle. The analytics system provides fleets with real-time information to operate their fleet at peak efficiency.”

Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning Systems said:

“We’ve become the only stop you have to make to get zero-emission vehicles for all of your fleet needs. 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.”

“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. 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.”

Categories: Ford, Trucks


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7 Comments on "Ford E-450 Electric Shuttle Bus Becomes Real Thanks To Lightning"

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Nice vehicle for bringing the children to/from school.

Strangely, not VIA Motors from Bob Lutz. I do note that whatever Geely is doing now with VIA Motors, Bob Lutz was not featured in the group photo. Glad to see someone is building these!

Yeah, Gasbag Bob dropped the ball at VIA. Perhaps GEELY can resurrect any large scale production plans since even though this conversion vehicle is slightly flawed – it is MUCH MUCH better than any production Pick up or Van currently produced in large numbers.

Was thinking this would be great for airport shuttle busses, but not sure if the 110 mile range and 2 hour recharge time will cut it.

Yeah but for School Buses – where they have the whole evening and night to recharge, plus the 5 hours or so between morning and afternoon runs – slow Level II charging is perfect as it keeps demand charges low, (and dirt cheap energy charges for overnight recharging) and therefore cost of operation very low.

The Green Eye Shaded Accountants should LOVE this vehicle. Hope there is some impetus for FORD to make the vehicle available to School Systems across the nation.

I was hoping someone would build one of these soon. I was at a zoo this summer and they have an e-450 bus that pulls 2 wagons behind it. The van is diesel and idles most of the day. If it were electric, it could make the 1/2 mile up and down the hill regening most of the way down instead of riding the brakes. Also the canopy above the wagons could be solar.

Just 60,000 miles power train warranty, for a commercial vehicle? That seems very low. Even with the relatively short range, that will be exhausted in two or three years of daily use…