In Montreal, Goodfood Market Corp, one of Canada’s largest online grocery companies has just received ten fully-electric refrigerated delivery vans from Lightning eMotors.
Lightning eMotors says that this delivery is Canada’s first deployment of a fully electric refrigerated vehicle fleet. The deployment also marks Lightning eMotors’ entry into Canada’s commercial electric vehicle market.
Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning eMotors said: “While this is our first customer in Canada, we see tremendous potential for growth as demand for last-mile delivery continues to increase and through the many other electric commercial vehicles we offer.”
Lightning has tailored the delivery vans with the help of Volta Air for a dedicated, 12-volt battery-powered refrigeration system. These have a cooling capacity down to -15 degrees C (+5 degrees F). The delivery vans have a range of around 120 miles/195 kilometres thanks to an 86 kWh battery and a comfortable top speed of 75 miles/120km per hour. As a provider of all-electric powertrains and medium-duty and speciality commercial electric fleet vehicles, for this project Lightning eMotors is has electrified T-350HD cargo vans.
“We knew right away Lightning eMotors was the right partner to develop vehicles to help us meet our specific needs and support our larger payloads,” said Goodfood President and Chief Operating Officer, Neil Cuggy. “Our drivers have already told us that this fleet of delivery vans are great to drive and are meeting our customer needs. Based on this early feedback, we are looking forward to the possibility of expanding this fleet in the near future,” he extrapolated.
This project is typical for Lightning eMotors – namely purpose-built commercial vehicles made in partnership with specialist providers. Just this year we have already reported on Lighting cooperating with REV on electric ambulances, with Forest River on electric shuttle buses, and most recently just last month in a foray across the Atlantic in a partnership with Ricardo for electric trucks in the UK.
With governments in North America as well as the UK and Europe focusing on the decarbonisation of the commercial vehicle segment in particular, Lightning has experienced enormous growth, requiring a large delivery of batteries from Proterra and the expansion of its production capacities – all this year.
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