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Published on May 9th, 2020 | by Cynthia Shahan


Battery-Powered DC Fast Charger On Wheels

May 9th, 2020 by  

With a growing electric vehicle market, there’s a growing need for EV charging, including innovative EV charging solutions for edge cases. Lightning Systems recently announced an EV roadside assistance solution — the Lightning Mobile DC fast charger. The solution is equipped with 192 kWh of high-energy-density, liquid-cooled DC battery storage in a package. It is designed to be installed in a vehicle or trailer for rapid mobile deployment.

Designed to keep the operation of electric vehicle fleets fluid and moving, the mobile charger offers the capability to recharge EVs on their routes, like a fighter aircraft being refueled in-flight, which allows fleets to maximize vehicle uptime.

The name Lightning Systems may ring a bell — the company is a leading developer of zero-emission powertrains and we’ve covered its products many times over the years. Thousands of new commercial EVs will be on the road over the next few years. Ensuring good charging options for such commercial EVs is critical to their success and the market’s growth.

“Every fleet with electric commercial vehicles will benefit from mobile fast charging,” said Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning Systems. “Uptime is the name of the game for fleets. While operators will schedule vehicle duties to include depot-based charging, there’s always the chance that a vehicle will need a top-up at another location or en route. There is also often the need for DC Fast Charging at locations or times that may not already be permitted or where demand rates would prohibit fast charging direct from the grid. Lightning Mobile fulfills all these needs.”

A full press release follows.

  • Lightning Mobile provides roadside and parking lot DCFC (Level 3) charging for electric fleet vehicles, the latest addition to Lightning’s charging and energy systems offerings
  • “Power rescue” and “top-up” charging keeps vehicles ready to get jobs done
  • DCFC (Level 3) Charging for facilities and lots that only have Level 2 power available and to buffer power to avoid demand charges

LOVELAND, Colo., May 5, 2020 – Lightning Systems, a leading developer of zero-emission powertrains, today announced Lightning Mobile, a mobile direct current fast charger (DCFC) for electric vehicles.

Equipped with 192 kWh of high-energy-density, liquid-cooled DC battery storage in a package designed to be installed in a vehicle or trailer for mobile deployment, Lightning Mobile can be rapidly deployed to provide fast roadside charging to support the operation of electric fleet vehicles. The mobile charger also offers the capability to recharge EVs on their routes, like a fighter aircraft being refueled in-flight, which allows fleets to maximize vehicle uptime.

Lightning Mobile supports commercial and government fleets that operate electric vehicles, providing roadside charging as a “power rescue” vehicle, buffered DCFC during peak hours, and DCFC for locations that do not yet have Level 3 service permitted or installed.

“A recent survey we conducted confirms that many large fleets intend to electrify a majority of their vehicles over the next five years,” Reeser added. “That equates to thousands of new commercial EVs on the road. These fleets need a solution to ensure they have the charging and support they need for every location and possibility as they ramp up.”

Lightning Mobile is charged from a standard Level 2 AC charger at up to 18kW and can deliver DC Fast Charging at up to 80kW and, optionally, Level 2 AC charging at up to 19.2kW. Lightning Systems designed the system to be installed in its Lightning Electric Transit 350HD cargo van, but the system can be installed in any vehicle or trailer that meets size and weight specifications.

The new mobile electric vehicle charger is specifically designed for commercial electric vehicles, which have high-energy capacities and support DC Fast Charging. The batteries in the Lightning Mobile package share all of the same advanced features as Lightning Systems’ powertrains, including active thermal management for optimum battery performance and longevity, and sophisticated management, safety and telematics/analytics features.

Lightning Mobile also can be used to provide DC Fast Charging from Level 2 AC charging infrastructure, as well as taking advantage of off-peak utility rates by charging Lightning Mobile at low rate times and using it to charge the vehicles at times that suit operations. Rental and leasing options will be available.

Colorado-based Lightning Systems designs and manufactures zero-emission all-electric powertrains for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, including delivery trucks, shuttle buses, passenger vans, chassis-cab models, and city transit buses. The Lightning products include elegantly integrated all-electric powertrains for the Ford Transit 350HD passenger and cargo vans, Ford E-450 shuttle bus and cutaway models, Ford F-59 step/food van, Ford F-550 cargo trucks and buses, Chevrolet 6500XD Low Cab Forward model, and 30-foot, 35-foot, and 40-foot transit buses. A new powertrain for motor coaches also was recently introduced.

Lightning Mobile in a trailer

Lightning Mobile can be deployed in a trailer



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About the Author

Cynthia Shahan started writing after previously doing research and publishing work on natural birth practices. (Several unrelated publications) She is a licensed health care provider. She studied and practiced both Waldorf education, and Montessori education, mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings born with spiritual insights and ethics beyond this world. (She was able to advance more in this way led by her children.)

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