Category: Blog

Green: Nature’s Rejected Color

It’s Friday, and I don’t feel like writing about trucks. Here’s something of general interest which might change the way you look at the world. Let’s talk about “green”. Green is the undisputed iconic color of environmental concern. Lightning Systems is in the “green transportation” sector, we tag our tweets “#greentech”, there are Green Parties…

The Inverter: The Unsung Hero of an EV Drivetrain

As you know, electric vehicles have one or more batteries, and one or more propulsion motors. Our designs use a single propulsion motor which connects via a simple transmission unit to the vehicle’s drive shaft. But have you ever wondered what goes in-between the batteries and the motor? Just like the AA batteries in your…

Lightning eMotors electric vehicles: Sustainability

This article discusses the benefits of battery-electric commercial vehicles from a sustainability perspective, primarily focusing on emissions but also looking at the end-to-end environmental impact of the products. You can find a PDF of this article here. A quick look at automotive pollutants… Automotive pollutants fall into two main categories: Air quality pollutants – These…

Ramping Up…

The market for electric commercial vehicles is heating up, and we’re ramping right up with it. With new orders rolling in, we’re going into high gear with electric drivetrain production at our Loveland, Colorado facility. The photo shows two of our Gen2 Ford Transit drivetrains being built for a customer in Southern California. Designed to…

The Truth About Purpose-Built vs. Conversions

Among the up-and-coming US-based electric commercial vehicle manufacturers, two approaches are competing for the mindshare of fleet customers: all-new, purpose-built EV’s and EV conversions of established vehicles from major OEMs. Although the argument for purpose-built electric vehicles resonates with engineers and technical fleet managers, only purpose-built electric transit buses have succeeded to date — and…

The Truth About Battery Costs

Batteries for commercial EVs (vans, trucks and buses) are more expensive than you might think. Here’s why… Commercial EVs require high quality battery cells, fully packaged with sophisticated battery management systems and thermal management accessories (hoses, cooling pumps, etc.). These components are both supply-constrained and expensive, with low-volume pricing today typically exceeding $600/kWh. This is…