Lightning Systems, developer of zero-emission drivetrains for commercial fleets, debuted new battery-electric powertrain options for the Ford F-59 stripped chassis to support customers with delivery fleets and food trucks.
The new Lightning Electric powertrain for the Ford F-59 chassis is available for F-59 variants, which range from 16,000 to 22,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) configurations. Lightning has already received orders for early production units, and deliveries will begin this summer. This is the fifth powertrain available in the Lightning product line.
"We now offer the broadest range of electric powertrain products in the industry, with high-quality zero-emission powertrains available for commercial and government fleets on Class 3 through 7 Ford, GM, and city bus platforms that are readily available and supported by a large number of service partners, upfitters, and accessory lines," said Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning Systems.
The new Lightning Electric Ford F-59 will offer peak power of 180 kilowatts (241 hp) with 790 lb.-ft. of torque. It includes a five-year, 60,000-mile warranty on the powertrain with maintenance performed by trained local dealers. Vehicle vouchers and incentives are available in many states.
The Lightning F-59 offers two range variants — either 80 or 110 miles — with lithium-ion batteries rated at 96 kWh or 128 kWh. The battery system will accommodate a full charge in under two hours for 80 miles of range and a little more than 2 hours for the 110-mile range version with DC Fast Charging.
The powertrain supports full regenerative braking, with industry-leading efficiency that adds range while reducing wear and tear on the friction brakes. The vehicle comes with Lightning Analytics, an electric powertrain telematics-analytics system that provides detailed reporting on vehicle efficiency and operating metrics.
Lightning Electric is available for the Ford F-59 as part of Ford's eQVM (advanced fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifiers) program. Ford's vehicle warranty covers the base chassis for vehicles with the Lightning drivetrain. Ford QVM participants perform installations and service. Last year, Lightning Systems began deliveries of the Lightning Electric upfit for the heavy-duty Ford Transit, which is also covered by Ford’s eQVM program.