Lightning Hybrids is Named by Ford as one of First Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifiers

PR Newswire — March 15, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Lightning Hybrids, designer and
manufacturer of the Energy Recovery System (ERS) for medium- and heavy-duty
fleet vehicles, has been named as an Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier
(QVM) by Ford Motor Company.

Lightning Hybrids is one of three initial vehicle modifiers, and the only
hydraulic hybrid manufacturer, in the new eQVM program. The program, unveiled at
The Work Truck Show, helps fleet and commercial customers meet their unique and
specific needs for durable, reliable hybrid work trucks that retain the original
powertrain warranty. Attendees at The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis this week
can see a Ford E-350 box truck equipped with Lightning Hybrids’ hydraulic hybrid
ERS at its booth (5475).

“For commercial and government fleets working to save fuel and substantially
reduce emissions, our ERS technology is a compelling option for all of Ford’s
medium and heavy duty platforms, backed by the peace of mind offered by Ford’s
eQVM program,” said Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning Hybrids. “Our system reduces
NOx emissions by half and CO2 emissions by 25 percent compared to vehicles
without it, and fleets see a quick return on investment.”

The ERS is a patented, parallel hydraulic hybrid system with no electric
batteries. Instead, hydraulic pumps and a lightweight accumulator brake the
vehicle, store the braking energy, and then use that stored energy to provide
power to the wheels. In doing so, fuel is saved, and harmful emissions are

The ERS can be installed on new vehicles, as well as retrofitted on vehicles
already in service. It is sold through a network of dealers and upfitters.

QVM is Ford’s quality recognition given to aftermarket adaptive equipment
installers that meet manufacturing guidelines and best practices. Ford’s
thorough QVM qualification process includes on-site assessments at each location
to verify the operation meets manufacturing, assembly, workmanship, customer
service and quality requirements and that it has processes in place to produce
vehicles that meet federal regulations. Vehicles modified by a Ford QVM in
compliance with Ford guidelines retain their factory warranties.

Lightning Hybrids is a growing green-vehicle company that is expanding its
portfolio of customers. Last fall, United Parcel Service placed 50 of Lightning
Hybrids’ units in its Chicago fleet. Kiessling Transit, a Massachusetts-based
paratransit bus company, recently doubled the size of its hydraulic hybrid green
fleet to 70 vehicles. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy
Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo. and Denali National Park in Alaska also
operate vehicles with Lightning Hybrids system. In addition, the company
recently expanded its offices in the United Kingdom to service customers in

About Lightning Hybrids
Lightning Hybrids designs and manufactures the hydraulic hybrid ERS (Energy
Recovery System) for medium- and heavy-duty fleet vehicles. The innovative
system improves fuel efficiency by regenerating braking energy, delivers safer
braking and more power for acceleration, and decreases harmful greenhouse gas
emissions. The ERS does not have any batteries, instead safely and efficiently
storing energy mechanically in composite hydraulic accumulators, which are a
fraction of the cost and weight of batteries. The hydraulic hybrid system can be
installed on new vehicles as well as retrofitted on vehicles already in service
and is distributed and installed by certified partners around the world. To
learn more, go to

Contact: Bonnie Trowbridge

(303) 519-4144

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