Lightning eMotors’ customer, ACE Parking’s San Diego Airport, has surpassed one million all-electric, zero-emission miles with its ZEV4 and ZEV5 shuttle buses fleet.
“ACE Parking’s San Diego Airport fleet is a success story not just for Lightning, but for fleet vehicle electrification, and it’s been an honor to be ACE’s chosen partner in this important deployment,” said Lightning CRO Kash Sethi.
“It’s always such a point of pride—and a testament to our shared commitment to providing clean, safe and sustainable transportation—to see one of our fleets pass the one-million-mile mark. We’re looking forward to many more miles with ACE,” Sethi continued.
Transporting With EVs
Lightning delivered 16 Class 4 ZEV4 and 8 Class 5 ZEV5 electric shuttle buses to ACE Parking in 2020. Since deployment, the fleet has transported more than 1.5 million passengers over one million miles and mitigated over 1,050 tons of C02 emissions from the atmosphere.
The fleet is supported by Lightning Insights, Lightning’s leading EV-specific telematics service that monitors vehicle location, efficiency, charge status, and more in real time.
The ZEV4 and ZEV5 zero-emission shuttle buses have averaged 41.1 and 34.4 MPGe respectively, over five times more efficient than comparable gasoline shuttles, such as the Ford E-450 with7.3mpgand the FordF-550 with5.9 mpg.
“Lightning has been a good partner for us, providing strong service and support throughout the deployment despite ongoing gen1-technology hurdles,” said Steve Burton, president of ACE Parking. “We’re very happy with the environmental benefits of our Lightning fleet, while our drivers and passengers enjoy the quiet, refined performance only an EV can deliver.”
Lightning is now delivering the third generation of their ZEV4 shuttle bus with additional benefits, such as the batteries fully contained between the frame rails, redundant parking brake, push-button shifting, and more.