Lightning builds electric vans for GoBolt

GM associate Lightning eMotors and Ikea partner GoBolt have agreed to build 170 zero-emission vans and box trucks that will be deployed in North America. Lightning will also provide charging infrastructure.

Lightning eMotors will deliver 70 Class 3 vans and 100 Class 5 electric vans. The rollout of the smaller electric vans is already underway. Development of the Class 5 vans is ongoing, with deliveries expected to begin early next year.

The fleet will include a mix of 80kWh and 120kWh batteries for a range of up to 200 miles per charge and Lightning says it will also provide charging infrastructure.

Toronto-based GoBolt, formerly known as Bolt Logistics and partner of Ikea Canada, recently announced that it has expanded its operations into the United States.

“We couldn’t be more excited about our strategic partnership with GoBolt, and it comes as they rapidly expand into the US market,” said Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning eMotors.

GoBolt says it chose Lightning as its high-volume business partner after extensive testing and evaluation of multiple manufacturers in the market and touring Lightning’s R&D and manufacturing facilities in Colorado. Lightning’s mature and active production plant stood out from other electric vehicle companies with respect to the integration of advanced technologies, efficiency and the volume of new and repowered vehicles in production.

Lightning eMotors introduced a chassis for commercial electric vehicles in January this year. Their eChassis accommodates different battery sizes, powertrains and wheelbases to support various applications. The eChassis is available for class 4 and 5 chassis and chassis with and without superstructures.

GoBolt and Lightning have yet to specify the pickups in the new rollout.

The logistics operator aims to be carbon negative by the end of 2023.

Robert M. Larson