New LightningElectric Ford Transit Van Gets 150-Mile Of Range


Lightning Systems announced a 150-mile (240 km) electric conversion of the Ford Transit 350HD, on top of the previously available 50-mile and 100-mile versions.

LightningElectric Ford Transit

The LightningElectric Ford Transit is capable of hauling 4,000 lbs (1,814 kg) of payload and can recharge its batteries in around 90 minutes using a 50 kW DC charger.

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Sadly, Lightning Systems is silent on battery capacity.

As there’s still not much choice for OEM electric vans in the U.S., conversions seem to be an interesting option.

“The LightningElectric is a battery-electric drivetrain package for the heavy-duty Ford Transit, a product used extensively by commercial and government fleets. Last month, Lightning announced that in testing, the Ford Transit 350HD equipped with the zero-emissions LightningElectric drivetrain achieved 61 MPGe on EPA City routes and 66 MPGe on EPA Highway routes. This compares to 13 and 15 MPG respectively for the identically configured gasoline Ford Transit 350HD. The testing is a part of the newly released 2018 CARB efficiency and range validation test procedures for medium-duty vehicles.”

“LightningElectric is available for the Ford Transit as part of Ford’s eQVM program. The product, which went on sale earlier this year, is available for heavy-duty Ford Transits with a 10,360-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). Ford’s vehicle warranty covers the base chassis for vehicles with the Lightning drivetrain. Ford QVM dealers and upfitters perform installations and service.

The all-electric Lightning product features state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled Lithium-Ion batteries from volume-ready world-class battery suppliers. The batteries can be fast-charged in 30 minutes for the 50-mile version and 90 minutes for the 150-mile version. Depending on battery option and drive cycle, LightningElectric has a payload capacity of up to 4,000 pounds.”

Tim Reeser, chief executive officer, Lightning Systems said:

“The new 150-mile LightningElectric Ford Transit provides an answer for our customers who need more range for longer cargo and shuttle routes. This longer range, combined with an industry-first 50 kW DC Fast Charge capability, means customers can use the vehicle for 3-shift operations and long-distance routes.”

“We’re receiving terrific feedback about LightningElectric from customers. They love the quiet, smooth, and powerful operation of the vehicle and its flexibility for a variety of fleet configurations. And they’re pleased with the vehicle’s efficiency as well as lower maintenance costs plus all the benefits that fleets expect from a Ford vehicle – interior comfort, warranty and top-class fit and finish.”

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Majority of fleets do not care about anything other than “how much is the lease cost compared to ICE offerings?” Furthermore, most DCFCs have $5-$10 connection fees making installing a L2 at its home base a far cheaper option…Very few companies use delivery vans during the graveyard shift…

Fewer tail pipes in the city, YES!

Yeah, but what is the cost of the conversion?

In Europe, Volkswagen (next year) and Renault (this year) are bringing converted vans to market for €70k and €60k respectively. I think that’s too much. I’ve calculated that you can buy a diesel van and the electric car they borrow their electric drive train from for less. If you sell all the ICE parts and the shell of the EV, I’ve calculated there is €15k left for the conversion.

Conversions are not the only EV van option in the US. Workhorse offers electric and range extended vans, built in Indiana.

Yeah, good luck buying one.

Amazing that Ford can not build a EV van like this.