Features Latest News — 08 March 2018

Delivery vans do a lot of stop/start driving and spend plenty of that time with the engine idling, using fuel.

That’s why they make an ideal platform for electrification and that’s why a new electric version of the Ford Transit is about to hit the U.S. market.

The van is being sold by a group called Lightning Systems and is called the ‘LightningElectric’.

The vehicle’s electric powertrain can be installed and serviced by specialised Ford dealers.

The zero-emissions van will soon be able to be optioned with a hydrogen fuel cell range extender that uses hydrogen stored on board in high-tech carbon fibre-wrapped pressure vessels.

Developed by Lightning Systems in partnership with Ford and their eQVM (Qualified Vehicle Modifier) program, the van features a liquid-cooled lithium-Ion battery that can be fast-charged in thirty-minutes on DC fast charging, and in six hours with Level 2 charging.

Depending on battery option and drive cycle, LightningElectric has a payload capacity of up to 4,000 pounds (1.8 tonnes) and an electric-drive range of 320km.

“We’re excited to deliver the LightningElectric zero-emissions Ford Transit this month as promised.” said Tim Reeser, chief executive officer for Lightning Systems.

“Our road testing validated an industry-leading EV efficiency, and it is smooth, quiet, and fast,”

“I’m especially thrilled to announce the upcoming zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell range extender for the Ford Transit.

“It is a natural step for Lightning with our extensive experience with sensor-equipped high-pressure composite vessels that we pioneered with our hydraulic hybrid offering.”