All-electric Ford Transit 350HD by Lightning Systems will go further on a single charge.

Lightning Systems announced the introduction of the second-generation of its all-electric conversion package for Ford Transit 350HD model (the full-electric system is available for the Ford Transit Passenger van, Cargo van, Cutaway and Chassis Cab versions).

Equipped with a new liquid-cooled NMC battery pack, installed under the floor with no impact on ground clearance or cargo capacity, it can go 20% further on a single charge (up to 120 miles/193 km) than the original version from 2018.

"Originally introduced in 2018, the Lightning Electric Ford Transit Powertrain is available as part of Ford Motor Company’s eQVM (Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifiers) program. The product is available on heavy-duty Transits with a 10,360-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). Installation and service are performed by Ford QVM-certified upfitters and dealers around the world."

Tim Reeser, CEO, Lightning Systems said:

“Our Generation 1 customers loved the smooth and quiet ride, excellent power, and fit and finish of our Gen 1 Ford Transit all-electric platform. We now have built on that foundation and added more range, moved all the batteries under the vehicle, and given it a higher top speed. With the latest certified dynamometer testing, we remain the leaders in tested and certified commercial EV efficiency—no other Class 3 vehicle has certified to 61 MPGe (1.8 Miles/kWh).”

Lightning Systems Ford Transit 350HD specs:

  • 60 miles (97 km) with 43 kWh battery or
  • 120 miles (193 km) with 86 kWh battery
  • a payload capacity of up to 4,200 pounds (1,905 kg)
  • 10,360-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR)
  • peak power of 160 kW (215 HP) and peak torque of 994 Nm
  • top speed of 65 mph (105 km/h)
  • full charge in one hour for 60 miles of range and 1.5 hours for the 96 miles range version with DC Fast Charging
  • 61 MPGe on certified dyno testing, compared to 13 MPG for the gasoline version of the same vehicle
  • five-year, 60,000-mile warranty on the powertrain
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Lightning Systems Introduces Generation 2 Model of its All-Electric Ford Transit Powertrain

LOVELAND, Colo., May 21, 2019 – Lightning Systems, a global developer of zero emission drivetrains for commercial fleets, today announced the introduction of a longer-range, higher speed, Generation 2 model of its Lightning Electric system for the Ford Transit.

The Lightning Electric Ford Transit is a battery-electric drivetrain package for the Ford Transit 350HD, a product used extensively by commercial and government fleets. Thanks to new thermally-managed NMC battery chemistry, the new Generation 2 all-electric powertrain has 20 percent longer range than Gen 1, with battery configuration options for 60 or 120-mile ranges (based on certified Dynamometer testing). In addition, these new batteries are all housed under the floor of the vehicle, with no impact on ground clearance, creating a more elegant and seamless integration.

The latest powertrain offers peak power of 160 kW (equivalent 215 horsepower), a torque rating of 994 Nm, (733 lb-ft), and a top speed of 65 MPH (software limited). The full-electric system is available for the Ford Transit Passenger van, Cargo van, Cutaway and Chassis Cab models. The Gen 2 product achieves 61 MPGe on certified dyno testing, compared to 13 MPG for the gasoline version of the same vehicle.

Featuring a state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled Lithium-Ion battery system from a volume-ready world-class battery supplier, the Lightning Electric accommodates a full charge in 1 hour (60-mile range) or 1.5 hours (120-mile range) with Lightning’s DC fast charging option (using standard CCS-Combo charging). Depending on battery option and drive cycle, Lightning Electric Ford Transit has a payload capacity of up to 4,200 pounds.

“Our Generation 1 customers loved the smooth and quiet ride, excellent power, and fit and finish of our Gen 1 Ford Transit all-electric platform,” said Tim Reeser, CEO, Lightning Systems. “We now have built on that foundation and added more range, moved all the batteries under the vehicle, and given it a higher top speed. With the latest certified dynamometer testing, we remain the leaders in tested and certified commercial EV efficiency—no other Class 3 vehicle has certified to 61 MPGe (1.8 Miles/kWh).”

Originally introduced in 2018, the Lightning Electric Ford Transit Powertrain is available as part of Ford Motor Company’s eQVM (Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifiers) program. The product is available on heavy-duty Transits with a 10,360-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). Installation and service are performed by Ford QVM-certified upfitters and dealers around the world.

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, quality requirements, and that it has processes in place to produce vehicles that meet federal regulations.

“We are proud to partner with Ford on a platform that is proven and ubiquitous with commercial vehicle customers,” Reeser said. “The Lightning Electric Ford Transit allows us to work with hundreds of Ford upfit, accessory, and service partners—so customers can easily access the accessories and service they need for their fleet. This is another high-quality, elegantly engineered, zero emission solution on a proven platform for our customers.”

The powertrain includes a five-year, 60,000-mile warranty with maintenance performed by trained local dealers. Ford’s vehicle warranty covers the base chassis for vehicles with the Lightning Electric upfit and installation can be completed in just hours by certified installers. Ford Motor Credit financing is available along with electric vehicle vouchers and incentives, which also are accessible in many states.