Pre-orders are now being taken by Lightning Systems for its new all-electric LightningElectric upfit system for the Ford Transit, the company has revealed.
The new conversion offering will first be available on Ford Transits in the heavy-duty class (10,360-pound gross vehicle weight rating), with purchase available through Ford Motor Company’s eQVM program. All service and conversions are performed by Ford QVM-certified dealers and upfitters.
Altogether, the price for a conversion in the US is between $69,000 and $89,000, depending upon whether one opts for the 50-mile range or the 100-mile range. Deliveries are currently slated to begin early next year. Installation reportedly only takes a few hours time.
Varying based on the options chosen, charging with a 50 kW DC fast charger can be fully completed in under a half-hour, and payload capacity can be as high as 4,000 lbs.
Green Car Congress provides details on specs:
|Base Chassis||Ford Transit 350HD Passenger Wagon, Van, Cutaway, Chassis Cab|
|Electric Range||50 miles||100 miles|
|EV Conversion Price||$69,000||$89,000|
|Charging time||6 hours (Level 2)
.5 hours (DC Fast Charge)
|12 hours (Level 2)
1 hours (DC Fast Charge)
|Payload (depending on vehicle configuration)||2,000 – 4,000 lbs.||2,000 – 3,000 lbs.|
|Maximum Speed||55 mph (electronically limited)|
|Warranty||Base Chassis: Ford standard warranty
EV Conversion: Lightning Systems standard warranty
While the upfit sounds pretty expensive, the direct association with Ford seems likely to garner a fair amount of interest anyways. It’ll probably be a good thing, though, for the market itself, once Ford starts releasing its own cheaper, mass produced options.