Transport Canada is a federal institution responsible for transportation policies and programs that promote safe, secure, efficient, and environmentally responsible transportation. This registration will enable Lightning to expand its activity in the U.S., according to the company's news release.
Transport Canada registration adds Lightning’s full range of Class 3 to Class 7 electric commercial vehicles to a list of vehicles eligible for additional Canadian funding programs. Lightning made its first delivery of zero-emission, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) to Canada in 2021 and currently has about a dozen customers and partners across Canada, such as Canada Post, GoBolt, Crestline Coach Ltd., Frigid, Annex Distribution, Transmeda, Direct Bore, Cubex, 7Gen, and others.
There are nearly 50 Lightning eMotors zero-emission vehicles on Canadian roads, including the flagship ZEV3 and ZEV4 models in passenger, cargo, and refrigerated configurations. More than 100 of these Class 3 and Class 4 vehicles are currently in the company’s backlog of orders for Canada, and an additional 1,000 vehicles are in the pipeline.
“A global leader in sustainability, Canada represents an important market in our international growth,” said Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning eMotors. “Canada has a demonstrated interest in EV adoption, offering appealing funding options and forward-thinking electrification mandates that make fleet electrification not only necessary but advantageous for Canadian companies.”