Lightning Electric ZEV3 Transit Passenger Van

Highly customizable electric passenger van.

Cost-effective and adaptable electric vans are in high demand in the industry. That’s why we worked with Forest River Van and Lightning eMotors to bring you an electric van suited for passenger transportation.

The Lightning ZEV3 Transit passenger van features a state-of-the-art electric drivetrain that delivers the best efficiency of any vehicle in its weight class. Available in battery-electric versions offering 225 km and 320 km ranges, this electric van provides practical, reliable service while producing zero emissions on the road. This electric van offers a 14-passenger capacity and many layout options to meet your needs. For paratransit applications, placing a wheelchair lift on the curbside or at the vehicle’s rear is possible. 

Used by DHL and Amazon Prime, the Lightning ZEV3 van can prove its reliability and efficiency. Over 225 ZEV3 electric vans are currently circulating on North American roads. 

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ZEV3 Transit Passenger Van Specifications

Van specs
Powertrain and battery performance
Charging options

At a glance:

  • Battery-electric vehicle
  • Over 225 km range with the Standard battery configuration
  • Over 320 km range with the Extended battery configuration
  • Up to 14 passenger capacity
  • ADA options (wheelchair lift)
  • Smooth, quick and quiet driving experience
  • Class-leading efficiency
  • Elegant integration with batteries fully under the floor
  • Simple and quick charging (Level 2 AC charging or DC Fast Charge)
  • Installation, maintenance and service performed by Lightning eMotors or certified partners
  • Lightning Insights provides an understanding of usage and efficiency
  • Eligible for provincial and federal funding
  • Available New or Repower
Passenger capacity*Up to 14 passengers 
Type of floorHigh-floor
Accessibility options available• Rear door wheelchair lift
• Curbside wheelchair lift
EV typeBattery Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Base ChassisFord Transit 350HD Passenger Van
Minimum Wheelbase 148"
GVWR (lb.)10,360
Overall width 81.3″
Overall height 99.2″
Interior width69.6"
* Payload and passenger capacity may vary and depend primarily on vehicle wheelbase, seating configuration, and other specifications provided 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.
Specifications are subject to change without notice from the manufacturer.


Click here to learn more about this electric bus model's standard features and upgrade options.

ZEV3 Transit Passenger VanStandard ConfigurationExtended Configuration
Driving Range*Up to 225 km Up to 320 km
Battery Capacity80 kWh120 kWh
Maximum Speed104 km/h (electronically limited)104 km/h (electronically limited)
Peak Power215 HP (160 kW)215 HP (160 kW)
Torque Rating (after transmission)733 lb-ft (994 Nm)733 lb-ft (994 Nm)
Efficiency (Miles Per Gallon Equivalent)• 61 MPGe / EPA City
• 66 MPGe / EPA Highway
• 61 MPGe / EPA City
• 66 MPGe / EPA Highway
* All-electric range can vary depending on the route or drive cycle, environmental conditions, vehicle or equipment configurations, and driver behaviour. Specifications are subject to change without notice from the manufacturer.
ZEV3 Transit Passenger VanStandard configurationExtended configuration
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Compatibility• Level 2 AC charger (up to 13.2 kW)
• DC Fast charger (up to 80 kW) with Connector J1772 CCS-1 Combo
• Level 2 AC charger (up to 13.2 kW)
• DC Fast charger (up to 80 kW) with Connector J1772 CCS-1 Combo
Charge Time• 5h (Level 2 charge at 13.2 kW)
• 1h30 (DC Fast Charge at up to 80 kW)
• 8h30 (Level 2 charge at 13.2 kW)
• 2h (DC Fast Charge at up to 80 kW)

Check compatible chargers here.

All Lightning Energy chargers are fully integrated into the Lightning Insight electric fleet management software to help you manage your electric bus performance.

Base ChassisFord standard warranty
EV PowertrainLightning eMotors standard warranty
(Powertrain and battery 5 years / 60,000 miles)
Bus StructureForest River Van warranty
(3 years / 60,000 km)

Floor plan options

18 passengers

16 passengers, 6 wheelchairs
and rear luggage

24 passengers,
2 wheelchairs

Optimize your operations with the next generation of fleet telematics.

Managing your electric bus fleet is essential to optimize vehicle battery performance, operational time and maintenance. Reliable information is key to helping you to make the adjustments needed to improve your fleet performance, safety, and cost per km. Lightning Insights is a smart and user-friendly solution designed to ease your life in the day-to-day

Empower your fleet manager.

Get real-time data on vehicle tracking on your routes, charging status, and driver behaviour.

Manage with ease your electric bus maintenance, battery health and charging infrastructure. The Lightning Insights software is fully integrated with the Lightning Energy charging hardware.

Get an unparalleled support to help you transition to an electric bus.

We are ready to help you navigate the process from electric bus specifications to charging infrastructure, service, and financing. We’ll introduce you to the future of electric transportation and help you transition to a zero-emission fleet.

Financing your purchase

Leverage public fundings to reduce the upfront cost of your electric bus.

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We monitor federal and provincial incentive programs for you.
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Charging infrastructure

Plan your depot's charging stations installation so your electric bus is ready to hit the road.

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We help you select the right charging solution your needs.
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Electric know-how

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Backed by a 1 year / unlimited comprehensive warranty.*

*A 5 years / 160,000 km bumper-to-bumper warranty is also available, please contact us for more information.