Proterra and Lightning eMotors will expand the already existing partnership, with the battery specialist to supply battery systems totaling more than 900 megawatt hours in battery storage capacity to Lightning eMotors to power up to 10,000 electric commercial vehicles between 2022 and 2025. The multi-year agreement will allow leading provider of all-electric powertrains and medium-duty and specialty commercial electric fleet vehicles Lightning eMotors to rely on cutting-edge powertrain technology in the upcoming years.
Proterra and Lightning eMotors bring partnership on a new level
The expansion builds on Proterra’s previously announced collaboration with Lightning eMotors to power the Class 3 Lightning Electric Transit commercial van using Proterra battery technology. Proterra will now also supply its battery technology to Lightning eMotors for the Lightning Electric E-450 and Lightning Electric F-550 electric commercial vehicles, the company says. The Lightning Electric Transit van is a purpose-built Class 3 commercial electric vehicle that is available in several popular configurations including last-mile cargo vans, passenger vans, ambulances, school buses, and work vans.
«We are delighted to build on our relationship with Lightning eMotors and to extend our battery technology into a greater number of electric commercial vehicles, including delivery trucks, work trucks, shuttle buses, and more», said Chris Bailey, President of Proterra Powered & Energy. «Together with Lightning eMotors, we’re demonstrating how American technology and manufacturing can lead the way towards a future driven by zero-emission, battery-electric commercial vehicles».
«We are thrilled to be expanding our relationship with Proterra to power our class 4 and 5 platforms», added Chelsea Ramm, Vice President of Global Supply Chain at Lightning eMotors. «Proterra battery packs are rightfully perceived by the market as a quality product which gives us both peace of mind for our customers and helps us during the sales process».
Approaching the Canadian market
Furthermore, Lightning eMotors has recently announced the successful delivery and deployment of ten all-electric cargo vans to Canada-based Goodfood Market, thus marking Lightning eMotors’ initial entry into Canada’s commercial electric vehicle market, and the first deployment in Canada of a fully electric refrigerated vehicle fleet. Lightning eMotors electrified T-350HD cargo vans for Goodfood by installing an all-electric powertrain, electrical infrastructure, and control software to support the vehicle. Each of the refrigerated electric vehicles deployed by Goodfood has an estimated range of 195 kilometers on a full charge of its 86 kWh battery pack, regenerative braking for improved efficiency, and can comfortably hit 120 km per hour.