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Lightning eMotors announces strategic EV battery partnership

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Jason Morgan is the content director of Fleet Equipment. He has more than 15 years of B2B journalism experience covering the likes of trucking and construction equipment, real estate, movies and craft beer industries.

Lightning eMotors, provider of medium- and heavy-duty specialty commercial electric vehicles, has reached an agreement to supply battery products produced by Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL). The two-year agreement with CATL distributor Coulomb Solutions Inc. (CSI) provides Lightning eMotors with additional optionality around form factor. According to the company, having several battery size and shape options enables Lightning to address a variety of use cases and better meet customer requirements.

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CATL battery products will be available to Lightning in two pack options–a 30 kWh battery and 35 kWh battery–for a total of more than 175 megawatt-hours of battery capacity. Additionally, Lightning eMotors is working with CATL and CSI to design and install contactor safety switch systems on CATL C- and G-battery packs that will be exclusive to Lightning-eMotors. These switch systems will allow first responders to easily disable the vehicle’s entire EV powertrain in the event of an accident.

Production of vehicles using CATL battery packs is expected to begin in March and will help Lightning eMotors fulfill a wide range of customer orders in 2022.

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