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Published on October 31st, 2017 | by James Ayre


Lightning Systems Now Accepting Pre-Orders For Ford Transit All-Electric Upfit

October 31st, 2017 by  

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
GVWR 10,360 GVWR
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
  • DC Fast Charge (50kW)
  • Analytics (predictive maintenance, route scoring, range analysis, driver behavior, geofencing)
  • Extended warranty up to 8 years
  • Upgraded 12V battery system doubling capacity to support additional accessories

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.


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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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