LOVELAND, Colo. – Lightning eMotors, a leading provider of electric vehicles for fleets, has announced that its Class 3 Lightning ZEV3 all-electric passenger van has received Buy America certification. This certification, along with the recently announced Altoona Testing certification, makes the vehicle eligible for funding through the Federal Transit Administration Low- and No-Emissions grant program and other incentives.
The funds, which include $1 billion available in 2023, will enable organizations and companies to transition to electric vehicles more quickly, reducing their carbon footprint. To access these funds, zero- or low-emission transit vehicles must be Buy America certified and pass Altoona Testing.
“We believe it is important that our high-quality electric vehicles support American jobs,” said Chelsea Ramm, Vice President of Procurement at Lightning eMotors. “Over 80% of the manufacturing cost of ZEV3 models came from American materials.”
Lightning ZEV3 passenger vans are currently in use for micro-transit and shuttle services across North America. The van boasts a range of up to 200 miles and comes standard with Level 2 AC charging and DC Fast Charge capabilities. To date, over 300 Lightning ZEV3 vans have been deployed and have accumulated over 1.8 million miles.
“Buy America certification is another tool Lightning offers its customers to make the transition to electric vehicles both seamless and beneficial to their business,” said Nick Bettis, Vice President of Marketing at Lightning eMotors. “Lightning offers a complete package, from purchasing to fleet management, and we are proud to support our customers throughout the entire EV ecosystem.”