Lightning eMotors Sparks New Era with Production Launch of Next-Generation Lightning ZEV4™ Electric Work Trucks

Lightning eMotors propels into the future with its GM-based Lightning ZEV4™ work trucks. An industry leader in zero-emission, medium-duty commercial vehicles, the company promises a highly customizable platform to meet various customer needs.

What’s Happening

Leading zero-emission, medium-duty commercial vehicles provider, Lightning eMotors, today announced the production launch of its advanced General Motors (GM)-based Lightning ZEV4™ work trucks. This step comes in the wake of recent disclosures regarding the acceleration of ZEV4 production to satisfy customer demand for Class 4 school buses and shuttle buses.

Why It Matters

Lightning eMotors’ GM-based platform enables the production of tailored all-electric work trucks. Offering multiple vehicle applications, the Lightning ZEV4 can serve as box trucks, stake bed trucks, utility trucks, dump bed trucks, daily work/landscaping trucks, cargo delivery vehicles, shuttle buses, school buses, and more. The broad scope of applications gives Lightning a competitive edge in the burgeoning medium-duty commercial vehicle market.

Key Points

The Lightning ZEV4 model is equipped with 120 kWh batteries nestled within the frame rails for safety, delivering 241 horsepower, 790 lb-ft of torque, and a range of up to 130 miles. This model offers superior weight distribution for better handling and safety, with the capability for Level 2 AC and 80kW DC fast charging.

Numerous state and federal funding programs across North America are available to help reduce the cost of fleet vehicle electrification. These incentives can provide up to $100,000 per Class 4 vehicle, making this an ideal time for work truck operators to upgrade their fleets to zero-emission vehicle technology.

Bottom Line

Lightning’s ZEV4 platform, compatible with various bodies from manufacturers including Knapheide, Rockport Trucks, Brown Industries, and Morgan Corporation, is expected to significantly bolster the company’s position in the market. The ZEV4 work trucks are typically available for delivery within four to six months from the order date. These highly customizable electric trucks align with the company’s commitment to providing advanced EV technology for fleets, marking a significant step towards a sustainable future in commercial transportation.


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