• Battery-electric vehicle
  • Smooth, quick and quiet
  • Engineered and built in the USA
  • Elegant cabin integration with batteries fully under the floor
  • CARB certified and HVIP eligible
  • Lightning Insights provides understanding of usage and efficiency
  • Available New or Repower

Lightning ZEV4 Zero Emission Type A School Bus

The Lightning ZEV4 Type A school bus built in partnership with Collins Bus Corporation is the ideal small school bus solution for transporting students with no emissions.

Equipped by Lightning eMotors with a state-of-the-art electric powertrain, it provides a quiet, safe, smooth and familiar driving experience that your drivers – and students – will love.

It is available on a choice of two trusted and widely-used platforms:

  • GMC Savana 4500 / Chevrolet Express 4500
  • Ford E-450

Available with an estimated 130-mile range, this vehicle provides practical, reliable service while producing zero emissions on the road. Charging is simple and quick, with both Level 2 AC charging and DC Fast Charge supported.

We use the highest-quality components available, including thermally-managed batteries which deliver the best range, efficiency and lifetime of any batteries in the market.

Our close partnership with Collins Bus makes electric school buses easy to purchase through their dealer network:



Base ChassisFord E-450 CutawayGMC Savana 4500 Cutaway
GVWR14,500 lbs14,200 lbs
Minimum Wheelbase158 in159 in
Driving range*up to 130 milesup to 130 miles
Battery Capacity125 kWh120 kWh
Charge Time7.5 - 8.5 hours(Level 2 at up to 13.2 kW)
2 - 2.5 hours (DC Fast Charge at up to 80 kW)
7 - 8 hours(Level 2 at up to 13.2 kW)
1.5 - 2 hours (DC Fast Charge at up to 80 kW)
Charging optionsLevel 2 AC (up to 13.2 kW) and DC Fast Charge (up to 80 kW) with J1772 CCS-1 Combo
Passenger capacity**up to 24
Maximum Speed65 mph (electronically limited)
Peak Power241 HP (180 kW)
Torque Rating (after transmission)790 lb-ft (1071 Nm)
Warranty• Base Chassis: Ford standard warranty
• Electric powertrain and batteries: Lightning eMotors standard warranty
(5 year / 60,000 miles)
• Base Chassis: GM standard warranty
• Electric powertrain and batteries: Lightning eMotors standard warranty
(5 year / 60,000 miles)
Telematics: Lightning Insights• Preventive Maintenance • Range Analysis • Driver Behavior • Charger Management

* All-electric range can vary depending on route or drivecycle, environmental conditions, vehicle or equipment configurations, and driver behavior.

** Payload and Passenger capacity can vary and greatly depend on vehicle wheelbase, seating configuration, and other characteristics or features as delivered by the OEM or chassis manufacturer. Equipment added to the base chassis by aftermarket upfitters or equipment installers could also affect Payload and Passenger Capacity.

Compliant with BUY AMERICA

Our Ford E-450-based and GM 4500-based vehicles qualify for the Federal Transit Administration’s Buy America program.