Two manufacturers, Lightning eMotors and REV Group Inc have announced they are merging to produce electric ambulances along with other emergency vehicles. The companies plan to deliver electric ambulances to customers by the end of 2021.
They plan to complete the production of electric ambulances later this year and make them available for purchase to government agencies, municipalities, commercial operators, hospitals, and non-profit organizations.
Lightning eMotors is a Colorado-based manufacturer whose specialty is in zero-emissions solutions for commercial fleets, while REV Group Inc manufactures and designs specialty vehicles, particularly those in a fire emergency, ambulances, school buses, and industrial sweepers.
“Electrification is reaching all different types of fleet vehicles, and ambulances are a logical next step. 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,” said Tim Reeser, CEO of Lighting eMotors.
According to the press release statement, the new Leader ambulances will be based on the fourth-generation Lightning Electric Transit Van from Lightning eMotors.
The van has a 105kWh battery capacity that can be charged via Level 2 AC charging or DC fast charging and is equipped with dual rear wheels providing a 10,360 lbs gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR).
“REV Group’s vision is our continuous pursuit to improve the quality of life for our customers and communities. This pursuit includes our commitment to investing in innovative technology and leading in the electrification of commercial vehicles,” said Rod Rushing, President, and CEO of REV Group.
It was further announced that the ambulance chasis will be electrified at Lighting eMotors’ Loveland facility in Colorado and built at the Leader’s facility in South EI Monte, California.