Lightning eMotors Qualifies for Federal Funds
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Lightning eMotors Qualifies for Federal Funds

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Lightning eMotors is celebrating Altoona certification for its ZEV3 battery electric van, which means buyers can qualify for EV incentives!

The ZEV3 is the first Class 3 battery electric van to pass Altoona, which is a set of standardized procedures that measure the vehicle’s maintainability, reliability, safety, performance, structural integrity, and noise pollution.

Lightning eMotors designs, engineers, customizes, and manufactures a variety of EVs to support an increasing array of needs for fleet customers. The company provides specialized electric conversions of existing platforms developed by other OEMs like Ford and GM and it has also been offering its customers purpose-built EVs on its own proprietary platform since early 2022. The company has also begun exploring other EV-adjacent technologies, such as autonomous capabilities, wireless EV charging, and bolstered charging infrastructure under its Lightning Mobile arm.

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The ZEV4 passenger bus previously received Altoona testing certification from the Federal Transit Administration. This certification is a requirement for any electric bus to be able to qualify for funds from federal and state governments that are participating in the FTA’s Low and No Emissions Grant program. The program consists of $4 billion in grant funding available over the next four years for the purchase or lease of zero emission transit buses like the ZEV4. With the ZEV3 now becoming Altoona certified, it will join the ZEV4 as a grant qualified transit vehicle.

The ZEV3 is built upon a Ford Transit 350HD chassis that has been fully electrified to deliver up to 200 miles of range (depending on the configuration) on a single charge. Each Lightning electric van comes standard with both Level 2 AC charging and DC fast charging capabilities.

Lightning eMotors states it has delivered over 300 ZEV3 vans to date that have logged over 3.3 million real world accumulated miles. 


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