Lightning Systems (Loveland, Colorado) announced its LightningHybrids hydraulic hybrid system has received an Executive Order (EO) from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) allowing aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered 2016 model year Ford E-450 vehicles.
The LightningHybrids hydraulic system for the Ford E-450 is now available for public or private fleets in California and throughout the United States that operate shuttle and paratransit buses, logistics and delivery trucks, and food and beverage vehicles. LightningHybrids significantly increase fuel economy using regenerative braking energy.
“Lightning Systems went through CARB’s rigorous testing and thorough approval processes, and we are thrilled to receive this EO,” said Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning Systems. “Our system is unique in that it isn’t electric, the hydraulic energy recovery is a more powerful and efficient technology well suited for heavy vehicles and duty cycles, and doesn’t require any infrastructure.”
The LightningHybrids system is an energy recovery system with no electric batteries. Instead, the system applies a hydraulic system to the vehicle driveline to regenerate braking energy. Hydraulic pumps and a lightweight accumulator brake the vehicle, store the braking energy, and then use that stored energy to provide power to the wheels. In doing so, fuel is saved, and all-round vehicle efficiencies are increased.
Lightning Systems recently was named an Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier (eQVM) by Ford Motor Company. The eQVM program helps fleet and commercial customers meet their unique and specific needs for durable, reliable hybrid work trucks that retain the original powertrain warranty.