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Lightning eMotors has revealed the Lightning eChassis, an all-new rolling chassis purpose-built for commercial vehicles.

The news makes Lightning eMotors the first EV manufacturer to offer both new purpose-built vehicles and electrification of legacy platforms. The new chassis are expected to be delivered in Q2 of this year.

The new chassis was developed in conjunction with Metalsa and will be available for both class 4 and class 5 chassis cab, stripped chassis, and cutaway chassis configurations. 

Lightning’s eChassis will support an increased Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of approximately 1,500 pounds more, on average, than platforms on the market today, giving customers the potential to increase passenger and payload capacity for electrified ambulances, shuttle buses, delivery and refrigerated trucks, and work trucks.

“This collaboration with Metalsa will allow us to serve areas of the commercial vehicle market that are currently underserved with electrification options,” says Tim Reeser, CEO and Co-Founder of Lightning eMotors.

“Bringing this solution to the commercial EV space represents another milestone in our strategy to offer our customers purpose-built, highly-customized zero-emission vehicles that deliver superior performance at a low price.”

Metalsa, meanwhile, is a leading provider of structural components and chassis for the automotive and commercial vehicle industries.  The company also has experience in high-volume manufacturing, which should allow Lightning eMotors to scale up their production.

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Lightning eMotors to design, develop, integrate and assemble this first-of-its-kind flexible chassis, purpose-built to support the growing demand in the industry,” says Joe El-Behairy, President, e-Mobility Growth Business Unit at Metalsa.

“Lightning’s commitment to innovation and putting high-quality vehicles on the road quickly makes them the perfect customer to introduce this product. The platform is designed to accommodate the evolving technology and ever-changing product requirements in the market. We are confident that this new rolling chassis, combined with our integration capabilities and ability to scale manufacturing rapidly, will support Lightning’s growth plans.”

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