Lightning eMotors: Partners with General Motors to electrify medium-duty trucks

Lightning eMotors partners with General Motors to electrify medium-duty trucks

  • Lightning eMotors and GM to Collaborate to Develop Zero Tailpipe Emission Battery-Electric Trucks for Mid-Duty Commercial Fleet Customers
  • Lightning eMotors will build all-electric medium utility vehicles on popular GM platforms
  • Relationship with GM supports growth in production volume potential of Lightning eMotors, with production expected to begin in 2022

LOVELAND, Colo., February 2, 2022 – Lightning eMotors (NYSE: ZEV), a leading provider of zero-emission medium utility vehicles and electric vehicle technology for fleets, has reached an agreement with General Motors to become the first manufacturer GM Specialty Vehicles (SVM) to provide Class 3-6 all-electric utility vehicles.

Under the agreement, Lightning eMotors will electrify popular medium-truck platforms supplied by General Motors, which can be used for multiple vehicle applications like school buses, shuttles, delivery trucks, work trucks and Moreover.

General Motors Fleet offers a variety of platforms designed for qualified specialty vehicle manufacturing customers to tailor vehicles in a wide range of industries and applications.

“We are excited that GM is working with Lightning eMotors to make GM’s medium-duty truck platform the foundation for new electric vehicles,” said Lightning eMotors CEO and co-founder Tim Reeser. “GM’s inclusive approach to electrification is a perfect fit with Lightning’s position and role as the premier powertrain supplier in the utility vehicle industry. Commercial vehicles and utility vehicle powertrains are complex, with thousands of unique components, requiring years of custom software development and over-testing – and Lightning has products in use by the fleet today and ready for customer deployment this year.”

“General Motors is all about getting everyone involved in the electric future, and with Lightning, we have the opportunity to bring the benefits of electric vehicles to more commercial drivers,” said Marissa West, executive chief engineer. for mid-size trucks, medium-duty trucks, and vans at GM. “Our medium-duty truck platform provides a solid and reliable foundation for a wide range of possible vehicles.”

Example layout model illustrated by Forest River of GM chassis electrified by Lightning eMotors. Final product is not produced by GM and will vary. GM is not responsible for the safety or quality of the design features, materials, or workmanship of any modification by such supplier. Availability to be determined later.

Lightning has developed a flexible manufacturing approach that provides scalable, cost-effective electrification for medium-duty specialty vehicles1 such as utility trucks, school buses and ambulances. The electrification of these vehicles results in significant savings in operating costs, better performance and zero tailpipe emissions. Lightning eMotors has seen dramatic growth in customer orders over the past three years.

“GM has a long history in the utility vehicle markets,” said Kash Sethi, chief revenue officer of Lightning eMotors. “Lightning’s products are ideally suited for these vehicles, classes and applications, allowing us to move quickly to support our medium-duty truck and bus partners and customers.

Lightning eMotors will electrify select GM platforms at its manufacturing campus2 in Loveland, Colorado and expects production to begin before the end of 2022. Completed chassis will be shipped to commercial vehicle manufacturers.

“GM has been supplying chassis to upfitters and utility vehicle fleets for many years, so now offering electrified versions of these vehicles with Lightning powertrains demonstrates our shared vision toward an electrified future that puts vehicles on the road today.” today,” Reeser said. “We are at the forefront of electrifying specialty vehicle fleets.”

Aabout Lightning eMotors

Lightning electric motors (NYSE:ZEV) has been providing specialist and sustainable fleet solutions since 2009, deploying complete Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) solutions for commercial fleets since 2018 – including Class 3 and passenger vans, ambulances, Class 4 and 5 vans and shuttles, Class 4 Type A school buses, Class 6 work trucks, Class 7 city buses and Class A coaches. The Lightning eMotors team designs, engineers, customizes and manufactures vehicles zero emissions to meet the wide range of fleet customer needs with a full suite of control software, telematics, analytics and charging solutions to simplify the buying and ownership experience and maximize uptime. and energy efficiency. To learn more, visit our website at


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1 Vehicles equipped by an independent supplier are not covered by the GM New Vehicle Warranty. GM is not responsible for the safety or quality of modifications made by independent suppliers.

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