Lightning eMotors named GM’s Specialty EV maker for Commercial Vehicles

Feb. 4, 2022
Lightning eMotors will electrify GM’s medium-duty truck platforms which can be used for vehicle applications, like delivery trucks, work trucks, shuttle buses and school buses.

Automaker Lightning eMotors has signed an agreement with General Motors, becoming the first GM Specialty Vehicle Manufacturer. Lightning eMotors will provide fully electric Class 3 to Class 6 commercial vehicles.

Lightning eMotors will electrify GM’s medium-duty truck platforms which can be used for vehicle applications, like delivery trucks, work trucks, shuttle buses and school buses. It will electrify some of the GM platforms at its Loveland, Colorado campus.

The completed chassis will then be shipped to commercial vehicle manufacturers.

“GM has a long history in commercial vehicle markets,” said Lightning eMotors’ chief revenue officer Kash Sethi. “Lightning’s products are purpose-fit for these vehicles, classes and applications, allowing us to move quickly to support our medium duty truck and bus partners and customers.”

GM is targeting manufacture of 30 EV models by 2025. 

Lightning eMotors offers scalable and tailored electrification of medium-duty specialty vehicles, like school buses, utility trucks and ambulances. Electrifying the vehicles will result in high savings on operating costs, better performance and no tailpipe emissions.