Electric System for Ford Transit Models

By Mike Osenga13 September 2017

Lightning Systems, Loveland, Colo.  a developer of efficiency and emissions improvement solutions for fleets announced it will introduce, in partnership with New Eagle, a full electric drive system for Ford Transit passenger wagon, van, cutaway and chassis cab models.

New Eagle, Ann Arbor, Mich., is a mechatronic control system provider, and offers application of model-based design into real-time embedded systems in the fields of autonomy, electrification, hydraulics, and engine systems.

The LightningElectric package is available for Ford Transit as part of Ford’s eQVM program. The product will be available first on heavy-duty Transits with a 10,360 lbs. GVWR and will go on sale in early 2018. Conversions and service are performed by Ford QVM-certified upfitters and dealers, Lightning Systems said.

“Our new LightningElectric model provides fleets with a terrific option to save money and achieve sustainability goals on a popular and serviceable Ford platform that is powerful, smooth, and quiet,” said Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning Systems. Reeser made the announcement today at the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo. 

Lightning Systems worked with New Eagle on the design of the LightningElectric system for the Ford Transit.   “We saw a real need for a zero-emissions product in this segment of the fleet market,” said Rich Swortzel, president, New Eagle. 

Depending on battery option and drive cycle, LightningElectric will have an electric range of up to 125 miles and a payload capacity of up to 3500 pounds.  Ford Motor Company’s vehicle warranty covers vehicles with the LightningElectric upfit, and Ford Motor Credit financing is available. Installation can be completed in hours by certified installers, Lightning Systems said. Featuring a volume-production ready high-voltage lithium battery pack, LightningElectric will accommodate full charging overnight with Level 1 and less than three hours for Level 2 charging.  

Earlier this year, Lightning Systems achieved Ford’s eQVM status (Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifiers) for its LightningHybrid system, a hydraulic hybrid energy recovery system that offers 50 percent NOx reductions and up to 25 percent fuel savings for urban drive cycles. Applications include delivery trucks, shuttle and paratransit buses, refuse trucks, and rear-engine transit buses. The system is available now on more than 25 platforms.

Both the LightningElectric and LightningHybrid systems will be certified by Ford’s eQVM program. The program helps fleet and commercial customers meet specific needs for advanced technology work trucks that retain the original powertrain warranty and utilize Ford’s dealer service network.

LightningAnalytics, a new cloud-based analytics system that provides drive, route and predictive vehicle health scoring for maximum range and efficiency, is included on every LightningElectric vehicle. The analytics system provides fleets with real-time information to operate their fleet. LightningAnalytics also is available with the LightningHybrid system, and is available as a stand-alone product with a variety of modules to provide efficiency solutions to fleets.

For more information:   www.lightningsystems.com

For more information:  www.neweagle.net

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