General Motors is electrifying its lineup, revealing several new battery-powered pickup trucks, including the GMC Hummer EV Pickup and Chevy Silverado EV. However, for those who are operating a GM medium-duty truck and eager to get in on the EV action, one company is developing a new zero-emissions platform set to deliver exactly that.
In a recent announcement, Colorado-based commercial EV company Lighting eMotors said that it is collaborating with GM to develop new all-electric solutions for medium-duty commercial fleet customers. The new all-electric vehicles will be based on popular GM truck platforms, and will offer Class 3 through Class 6 commercial vehicles, which are suitable for a range of different applications, including school buses, ambulances, shuttle buses, delivery trucks, and work trucks, among others.
Lightning eMotors will be the first GM Specialty Vehicle Manufacturer to provide fully electric Class 3 through Class 6 commercial vehicles. Lightning eMotors has electrified a variety of platforms in the past, including those from like Chevy, Isuzu, and Ford.
The electrification program includes flexible manufacturing and scalable, cost-effective upgrades, thus providing operating cost savings, increased performance, and no local tailpipe emissions.
“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,” said Lightning eMotors CEO and co-founder Tim Reeser. “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.”
The Lightning eMotors upgrades will take place at the company’s manufacturing campus in Loveland, Colorado, with completed chassis shipped to commercial vehicle manufacturers.
“GM has provided chassis to commercial vehicle upfitters and fleets for many years, so to now offer electrified versions of these vehicles with Lightning’s powertrains demonstrates our joint vision towards an electrified future that is putting vehicles on the road today,” Resser said.