Lightning Systems receives CARB EO for the new electric Ford F-59 delivery van and food truck


Lightning Systems (Loveland, Colorado) received an Executive Order (EO) from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for the Lightning Electric Ford F-59 platform, commonly used in food truck and delivery van applications.

 “Our team worked diligently to assure we met all of CARB’s vigorous approval processes. We are very pleased with the results, and are confident in the performance that this vehicle application will deliver to our customers,” said Brian Johnston, director of compliance and program management at Lightning Systems. 

The latest Lightning Electric powertrain for the Ford F-59 chassis is available for all F-59 variants – which range from 16,000 to 22,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) configurations. The platform is offered in 80-mile and 110-mile range versions. The powertrain offers peak power of 180 kW (equivalent 241 horsepower), a torque rating of 1071 Nm, (790 lb-ft), and a top speed of 65 MPH (software limited).  

The vehicle features state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled Lithium-Ion battery system from a volume-ready world-class battery supplier. It accommodates a full charge in about 2 hours (80-mile range) or 2.5 hours (110-mile range) with Lightning’s DC fast charging option (using standard CCS-Combo charging). 

“Our customers have been asking for this platform because the Ford F-59 chassis is economical, high quality, and widely used by our customers in delivery truck and food truck applications,” Tim Reeser added. “We can now offer the platform with significant savings to our California customers by taking advantage of the HVIP vouchers currently available.”

The Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) was formed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to respond to a key market challenge by making clean trucks and buses more affordable for fleets. By offering point-of-sale incentives for clean trucks and buses, HVIP provides a streamlined approach for providing helpful incentives to fleets without waiting to submit proposals or complicated paperwork. Fleets receive the voucher discount at the point of sale while HVIP-approved vendors and dealers process the required documentation. Eligible California customers can receive up to $100,000 in HVIP voucher amounts to go towards the price of the F-59.

The Lightning Electric also is available for the Ford F-59 as part of Ford’s eQVM (Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifiers) program. Ford’s vehicle warranty covers the base chassis for vehicles with the Lightning drivetrain. Ford QVM participants perform installations and service. Lightning already has received orders for early production units and deliveries will begin by the end of this summer.

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