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Lightning Electric Zero Emission City Transit Bus Repower

The Lightning Electric City Bus Repower solution is a great way to extend the life of older buses by replacing their diesel power trains with clean, quiet battery-electric powertrains. Much less expensive than purchasing a new electric bus, and with a much shorter lead time from order to deployment, the Lightning Repower solution is an ideal way to convert your aging diesel fleet to electric. With some jurisdictions (such as the State of California) requiring city buses to be zero-emissions vehicles, we can provide the lowest-cost path to meeting this requirement.

We use the highest-quality components available, including our thermally-managed batteries which deliver the best range, efficiency and lifetime of any batteries in the market.

  • Battery-electric vehicle
  • Fast, smooth, and quiet

See our case study: Transit Bus Repower from Diesel to Battery-Electric


Base ChassisTransit Bus Low Floor
GVWR30,000 to 44,000 lbs
Minimum Wheelbase176 in
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) CompatibilityDC Fast Charge (up to 50 kW) with J1772 CCS-1 Combo
All Electric Range*140 to 200 miles depending on configuration
Battery CapacityUp to 320 kWh
Charge TimeUp to 5.5 hours (DC Fast Charge)
Payload and Passenger Capacity**20-30 depending on size and configuration
Maximum Speed65 mph (electronically limited)
Peak Power295 HP (220 kW)
Torque Rating (after transmission)1823 lb-ft (2471 Nm) in 1st gear
516 lb-ft (700 Nm) in 2nd gear
WarrantyEV Powertrain: Lightning eMotors standard warranty
(Powertrain and battery 5 year / 60,000 miles)
Analytics• Preventive Maintenance • Range Analysis • Driver Behavior

* All-electric range can vary depending on route or drivecycle, environmental conditions, vehicle or equipment configurations, and driver behavior.

** Payload and Passenger capacity can vary and greatly depend on vehicle wheelbase, seating configuration, and other characteristics or features as delivered by the OEM or chassis manufacturer. Equipment added to the base chassis by aftermarket upfitters or equipment installers could also affect Payload and Passenger Capacity.