Lightning ZEV4™ SCHOOL BUS

Lightning ZEV4Type A school bus has batteries entirely between the frame rails
The batteries are placed between the frame rails for maximum safety and optimal weight distribution.

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

Concerned about charging this bus? It may be easier than you think!


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.

By integrating our state-of-the-art electric powertrain into the trusted and widely-used GMC Savana 4500 / Chevrolet Express 4500 platform, the Lightning ZEV4 shuttle provides a quiet, smooth and familiar driving experience that your drivers – and students – will love.

With its estimated 110-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 ChassisChevrolet Express 4500 Cutaway or GMC Savana 4500 Cutaway
GVWR14,200 lbs
Minimum Wheelbase159 in
Driving range*up to 110 miles
Battery Capacityup to 105 kWh
Charge Time6.7 hours 5% to 80% (Level 2 at up to 13.2 kW)
1.2 hrs 5% to 80% (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 approx.
Peak Power255 HP (190 kW)
Torque Rating (after transmission)1181 lb-ft (1602 Nm)
Warranty• 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 Lightning ZEV4 vehicles qualify for the Federal Transit Administration’s Buy America program.