Commercial vehicle manufacturers Lightning eMotors and REV Group announce they are co-developing zero-emission, all-electric ambulances with Leader Emergency Vehicles, a REV Group subsidiary.
Once completed, the partners plan to make the electric ambulance available to government agencies, municipalities, commercial operators, hospitals, and non-profit organizations. The delivery launch to customers is expected to take place at the end of this calendar year. The electrification of the ambulance chassis will take place at the Lightning eMotors facility in Loveland, Colorado, before being shipped over for final assembly at Leader’s facility in South El Monte, California.
In terms of technical specifications, the new Leader ambulances will be based on the fourth generation of the Lightning Electric Transit Van. This high-roof transit van features up to 105 kWh of battery capacity, capable of charging via Level 2 AC charging or DC fast charging.
“Electrification is reaching all different types of fleet vehicles, and ambulances are a logical next step,” said Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning eMotors. “These zero-emission vehicles are powerful, smooth, and quiet, and drivers will love them. As a fully electric model, they have no tailpipe emissions, so it’s a healthier choice for the air you breathe as well.”
Lightning eMotors has been steadily ramping up production capacities for their electric van this year. The new-found production gearing is tied to a major order the company received from ABC only a few months ago, worth a whopping $45 million. Since then, the company secured a battery supplier and has been scaling their vehicles to suit the needs of last-mile delivery with both Ikea and DHL in the USA.
The REV Group focuses on specialty vehicles and related aftermarket parts and services. The company is primarily in the United States, serving a ‘diverse customer base’ through three segments: Fire & Emergency, Commercial, and Recreation. “REV Group’s vision is our continuous pursuit to improve the quality of life for our customers and communities,” said Rod Rushing, REV Group President and CEO. “This pursuit includes our commitment to investing in innovative technology and leading in the electrification of commercial vehicles.”