Commercial vehicle specialist Proterra will expand its partnership with Lightning eMotors to power its Class 4 and 5 commercial EVs with Proterra’s battery technology. Under a new multi-year supply agreement, Proterra will supply battery systems totaling more than 900 MWh in battery storage capacity to Lightning eMotors to power up to 10,000 vehicles between 2022 and 2025.
Proterra is already collaborating with Lightning to power the Class 3 Lightning Electric Transit commercial van. Proterra will now also supply its battery tech for the Lightning Electric E-450 and F-550 commercial vehicles. This includes supplying Lightning with Proterra H Series battery systems for its strategic partnership with Forest River to co-produce and deploy Class 4 and 5 electric shuttle buses.
The Lightning Electric Transit van is a purpose-built Class 3 commercial EV that is available in several configurations, including last-mile cargo vans, passenger vans, ambulances, school buses and work vans. The Lightning Electric E-450 and F-550 EVs are available in a shuttle bus configuration using the various Forest River bus body options, and as delivery trucks, ambulances and work trucks. Both platforms are planned to have 80-160 kWh worth of Proterra battery packs.
“We are delighted to extend our battery technology into a greater number of electric commercial vehicles, including delivery trucks, work trucks, shuttle buses, and more,” said Chris Bailey, President of Proterra Powered & Energy.
“Proterra battery packs are rightfully perceived by the market as a quality product, which gives us both peace of mind for our customers and helps us during the sales process,” said Chelsea Ramm, Vice President of Global Supply Chain at Lightning eMotors.