Lightning Systems had its longer-range, higher-speed, Generation 2 model of its Lightning Electric system for the Ford Transit named in an Executive Order from the California Air Resources Board (CARB). This step is a prerequisite for sales of the vehicle in California. The new vehicle also is available nationwide.
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. Certified Dynamometer Test results demonstrated that the Ford Transit 350HD equipped with the zero emission Lightning Electric drivetrain achieved 61 MPGe on EPA city and highway routes. The vehicle platform is offered in 60-mile and 120-mile range versions.
Thanks to new thermally managed NMC Lithium Ion battery, the new Generation 2 all-electric powertrain has 20% 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.
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.