Lightning eMotors and General Motors have announced the establishment of cooperation aimed at developing and building battery electric medium-duty trucks. Renown provider of zero emissions medium duty commercial vehicles and electric vehicle technology for fleets, Lightning eMotors, will electrify popular medium duty truck platforms provided by General Motors. More into details, we’re talking about Class 3 through Class 6 commercial vehicles (under the North American classification).
What Lightning eMotors and General Motors do within the cooperation
As stated by the two players, General Motors Fleet provides a variety of platforms which are designed for qualified Specialty Vehicle Manufacturing customers to upfit vehicles across a broad range of industries and applications. Lightning eMotors has developed a flexible manufacturing approach that provides scalable and cost-effective electrification for medium-duty specialty vehicles such as utility trucks, school buses, and ambulances. Electrifying these vehicles results in large operating cost savings, better performance, and zero tailpipe emissions.
Experts in powertrains
«We are thrilled that GM is working with Lightning eMotors to make GM’s medium duty truck platform the basis for new electric vehicles», said Lightning eMotors’ CEO and co-founder Tim Reeser. «GM’s inclusive approach to electrification is a great match for Lightning’s position and role as a leading powertrain supplier in the commercial vehicle space. Commercial vehicles and commercial vehicle powertrains are complex, with thousands of unique components, requiring years of custom software development and on-road testing, and Lightning has products in fleet use today and ready for customers to roll out this year».
«GM has a long history in commercial vehicle markets», said Lightning eMotors’ chief revenue officer Kash Sethi. «Lightning’s products are purpose-fit for these vehicles, classes and applications, allowing us to move quickly to support our medium duty truck and bus partners and customers».