Zero-emission powertrain developer Lightning Systems received an Executive Order from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for the Lightning Electric Transit Bus Repower, with HVIP approval expected within the next several weeks. The Transit Bus Repower is a full-featured powertrain conversion of an existing diesel transit bus to a battery-electric bus.
The Lightning Electric Transit Bus Repower is available for order, with delivery in six months, and offers a range of up to 200 miles depending on configuration. The powertrain features an active thermally-managed battery system, sourced from a Tier 1 battery cell manufacturer.
The company’s first Transit Bus Repower powertrain was deployed in a 2004 30-foot GILLIG bus and has been on the road with a transit operator in Colorado for the past nine months. During this time, the Lightning Systems analytics team has collected extensive data from the 1 Hz Lightning Telematics on the vehicle and analyzed the impacts of cold and hot weather on efficiency, range, and battery life. Using this data, the team is now able to provide customers with real-world range expectations in a wide variety of weather and load conditions.