Electric vehicle (EV) bus and technology producer Proterra will supply battery technology for Lightning eMotors’ Generation 4 Lightning Electric Transit commercial van. Lightning’s electric version of Ford’s Transit van electrifies larger, medium-duty vans. Ford plans to launch its own eTransit next year, but as a lighter-duty model.

Lightning’s Electric Transit commercial van is a Class 3 commercial EV designed for last-mile cargo vans, passenger vans, shuttle buses, ambulances, school buses, and RVs. Lightning eMotors anticipates annual production of up to 3,000 vehicles by 2023. The first Lightning Electric Transit vans are expected to be delivered to customers later this year.

“Proterra’s batteries are premium technology for premium vehicles,” Lightning eMotors CEO Tim Reeser says. “We’ve delivered more zero-emission medium-duty commercial EVs than any other manufacturer in North America, and Proterra’s batteries will allow us to give our customers even more range, power, and features.”

Proterra’s battery packs leverage energy density and a customizable design to fit within a variety of vehicles. The packs have been proven in more than 17 million service miles driven by Proterra transit vehicles and validated through collaborations with world-class commercial vehicle manufacturers to power delivery vans, electric school buses, coach buses, low-floor cutaway shuttle buses, and construction equipment.

Proterra Powered and Energy President Gareth Joyce says, “We’re show­casing how American electric vehicle manufacturers are accelerating the shift to a clean transportation future. We look forward to building our relationship together as we support Lightning eMotors in the development of electric delivery vans, school buses, ambulances, and other vehicles.”

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