January 22, 2021 10:30 AM, EST

Lightning eMotors Expands Manufacturing Footprint

Lightning eMotorsAssembled electric powertrains are ready for installation into Lightning Electric Transit 350HD vehicles. (Business Wire)

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Lightning eMotors, a provider of electric powertrains for a range of commercial vehicles, announced it is adding 107,000 square feet to the footprint of its headquarters in Loveland, Colo.

That brings its total space to 231,000 square feet, and Lightning has first right of acceptance on more than 500,000 square feet of additional manufacturing space if it determines customer demand requires the additional space, the company said.

“The additional space helps us to accommodate the increased number of electric van and truck projects that are contracted for 2021, as well as our work on charging infrastructure for fleets and electric motor coach repowering,” Keith Lehmeier, director of research at Lightning eMotors, said in a release. “Importantly, the expansion will enable our team to work both faster and smarter, with more testing equipment and automation. As we hire engineers, it gives us room to have top-notch facilities for them to work.”

The company creates electric powertrains for the Ford E-450 shuttle bus and cutaway models, Ford F-59 step/food van, Ford F-550 cargo trucks and buses and Chevrolet 6500XD Low Cab Forward model, among others.

Its plans call for production of 3,000 vehicles in 2022.

The company was founded in 2008 as Lightning Hybrids before renaming to Lightning Systems in 2016, and renaming again to Lightning eMotors in late 2020. — Transport Topics

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