- Lightning eMotors to provide initial test fleet of 10 zero-emission passenger vans as part of RideCo’s on-demand microtransit service for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
- Test fleet supports Metro’s long-term goal of transitioning its current fleet of vehicles to a zero-emission fleet
- Lightning eMotors is witnessing a significant increase in interest from public transit authorities, having deployed over a dozen fleets in the last twelve months
Lightning eMotors (NYSE: ZEV), a leading provider of all-electric powertrains and medium-duty and specialty commercial electric fleet vehicles, announced an agreement with on-demand transit industry leader RideCo to provide zero-emission passenger vans for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).
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Lightning eMotors electric passenger vans will start operating in Los Angeles County by early next year (Photo: Lightning eMotors / D. Bennett)
Under the agreement, Lightning eMotors will serve as the preferred zero-emission vehicle vendor for RideCo as it manages a fleet of vehicles for Metro Micro, a pilot program designed to provide fast and convenient rides within the service zones in Los Angeles County. Lightning eMotors will initially supply RideCo with 10 all-electric passenger vans. Several of those vehicles have already been delivered, and RideCo anticipates that all 10 will be transporting passengers around Los Angeles County by early next year.
“From the outset, our goal was to introduce zero-emission vehicles into our fleet. After evaluating several potential vendors, Lightning eMotors emerged as a clear choice,” said RideCo CEO Prem Gururajan. “We are excited to work with Lightning eMotors to deliver this innovative microtransit service in Los Angeles County.”
“Metro is one of the largest and most sophisticated transportation agencies in the nation. We are proud to provide these vans to RideCo as part of Metro’s long-term goals to transition to zero-emission transit vehicles,” said Lightning eMotors CEO Tim Reeser. “We are also grateful to RideCo, an industry leader and pioneer in on-demand transit technology and ridesharing for the public, for selecting Lightning eMotors as its preferred vendor.”
In December 2020, Metro launched Metro Micro – a state-of-the-art 100-vehicle on-demand microtransit service – to connect Angelenos in outlying areas and traditionally underserved communities with existing fixed-route bus and train network as well as accommodate short trips in the service zones. This project is currently piloting in seven zones across Los Angeles County, with one more service zone planned in December 2021.
Lightning eMotors’ vans are designed with 86 kWh of battery capacity which can transport nine passengers and the driver with plenty of cargo space for a range of approximately 120 miles. Additionally, Lightning eMotors is providing the charging infrastructure to support the test fleet via its Lightning Energy division.
RideCo is an industry leader in on-demand transit technology, enabling on-demand ridesharing for public transit riders around the globe. We partner with transit agencies, municipalities, and experienced local fleet operators to design and operate on-demand transit services. Our solutions reduce travel time, decrease walking distance, and increase service frequency for riders while lowering transit agencies’ cost-per-ride, reducing demand for parking, and attracting net new riders to transit systems. Visit https://rideco.com/ to learn more about how our proprietary cloud-based platform can revolutionize mobility in your city.
ABOUT LIGHTNING eMOTORS
Lightning eMotors (NYSE: ZEV) has been providing specialized and sustainable fleet solutions since 2009, deploying complete zero-emission-vehicle (ZEV) solutions for commercial fleets since 2018 – including Class 3 cargo and passenger vans, ambulances, Class 4 and 5 cargo vans and shuttle buses, Class 4 Type A school buses, Class 6 work trucks, Class 7 city buses, and Class A motor coaches. The Lightning eMotors’ team designs, engineers, customizes, and manufactures zero-emission vehicles to support the wide array of fleet customer needs with a full suite of control software, telematics, analytics, and charging solutions to simplify the buying and ownership experience and maximize uptime and energy efficiency. To learn more, visit https://lightningemotors.com.
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