Lightning Electric ZEV4 Shuttle Bus

Meet the most popular electric shuttle bus powered by Lightning electric motors.

Choose a well-proven electric bus! Keeping your bus look consistent while transitioning your fleet to electric is now possible. Thanks to our strategic partnership with StarTrans and Lightning eMotors, we brought you the popular StarTrans Senator II bus model in its zero-emission version.

The Lightning ZEV4 shuttle bus offers the same versatility and configuration options as the flagship Senator II. Indeed, this electric bus can carry up to 22 passengers and features accessibility options for paratransit applications. This electric minibus is available in two versions with two battery configurations. The extended version offers a range of over 250 km for longer routes. 

Whether your passengers are public transport users, senior residents, or airport commuters, they will all be delighted with the safe, quiet and reliable ride while producing zero emissions on the road. 

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ZEV4 Shuttle Bus Specifications

All pictures shown are for illustration purposes only. The actual product will feature the corresponding Forest River Bus model.
Bus specifications
Powertrain and battery performance
Charging options

At a glance:

  • Battery-electric vehicle
  • Over 200 km range 
  • Up to 22-passenger capacity
  • ADA options (wheelchair lift)
  • Smooth, quick and quiet driving experience
  • 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
  • Exclusivity! Only sold through Crestline in Canada
Passenger capacity*Up to 22 passengers or 16 passenger + 2 wheelchairs
Type of floorHigh-floor
Accessibility options availableCurbside wheelchair lift
EV typeBattery Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Base ChassisChevrolet Express 4500 Cutaway
Minimum Wheelbase 159", 177", 190" (streched)
GVWR (lb.)14,200 lbs
Overall width 95" 
Overall height 84"
Interior width69"
* 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.

Driving Range*209 km
Battery Capacity120 kWh
Maximum Speed104 km/h (electronically limited)
Peak Power241 HP (180 kW)
Torque Rating (after transmission)790lb-ft (1,070 Nm)
* 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.
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) CompatibilityCharge time
Level 2 AC charger (up to 13.2 kW)• 7h30- 8h30 (Level 2 charge at 13.2 kW)
DC Fast charger (up to 80 kW)
with Connector J1772 CCS-1 Combo
2h-2h30 (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 ChassisGM standard warranty
EV PowertrainLightning eMotors standard warranty
(Powertrain and battery 5 years / 60,000 miles)
Bus StructureForest River Bus unlimited warranty
  1-year / unlimited comprehensive
  3-year / unlimited paint and corrosion
  5-year / body structure failure
  100,000 km corrosion to bus body

Floor plan options

18 passengers

16 passengers, 6 wheelchairs
and rear luggage

24 passengers,
2 wheelchairs

ZEV4 battery configuration

On the Chevy chassis, the batteries are mounted between the frame rails for maximum safety and best weight distribution. This configuration allows keeping the usual access to the low-voltage battery drawers on the side of the bus for easy maintenance.

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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Charging infrastructure

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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.