Lightning Systems set to convert Via Mobility diesel bus to zero-emission vehicle

Repowering an existing diesel transit bus with the Lightning powertrain will cost a third of the price of a new electric bus with a much shorter delivery time.

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Lightning Systems, developer of zero-emission powertrain solutions for commercial and government fleets, is partnering with the City of Boulder, Colorado, and Via Mobility Services for an exciting bus conversion pilot which will significantly reduce harmful emissions from Boulder’s urban area.

Via Mobility Services, a local nonprofit social enterprise, operates Boulder’s HOP transit route, a high-frequency shuttle service serving Boulder hot spots, like the University of Colorado campus and downtown Boulder.

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Lightning Systems, a statewide Clean Cities member headquartered in Loveland, Colorado, designed a cost-effective electric powertrain that will replace a diesel powertrain on an existing bus in Via’s fleet – effectively recycling an entire bus!

The new electric powertrain, along with solar-powered charging infrastructure, was purchased using state and federal funding. Repowering an existing diesel transit bus with the Lightning powertrain will cost a third of the price of a new electric bus with a much shorter delivery time. Lightning’s transit bus repower is a great choice for other communities looking for a cost-effective way to electrify their fleets for cleaner air now, and many incentives exist for projects such as this one.

Lightning Systems also repowers the Ford E-350 transit van with a fully electric system that can go up to 150 miles on a charge.

The repowered bus will be on the streets of Boulder in early September, with a follow-on order in place pending a successful pilot.

“People in Boulder are very interested in reducing the carbon footprint in all that we do,” said Frank Bruno, Chief Executive Officer of Via Mobility Services. “We hope that upon approval, this partnership with Lightning Systems will blow the market open for repowering old buses around the country, reduce emissions in local environments, and stabilize costs for the future.”

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