Lightning eMotors announces strategic EV battery partnership for supply of CATL battery systems

Dec. 14, 2021
Vehicle production with CATL packs is expected to begin in March 2022.

Lightning eMotors 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. Having several battery size and shape options enables the company to address a variety of use cases and better meet customer requirements, which is critical to its goal of providing highly customized zero-emission commercial vehicles. 

"CATL has a proven lineup of battery pack configurations that will provide us with additional flexibility for our wide range of medium- and heavy-duty zero-emission commercial electric vehicles,” said Chelsea Ramm, Lightning eMotors’ vice president of global supply chain. “CATL’s mature product portfolio, combined with our existing and ongoing partnerships, provides us with several efficient battery pack options as we work with customers to configure the right vehicles to fit their needs.” 

CATL battery products will be available to Lightning eMotors 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 2022 and will help Lightning eMotors fulfill a wide range of customer orders in 2022. 

“This new partnership with CSI providing CATL’s advanced battery systems represents a significant step forward with our battery sourcing plan and provides us with an even greater ability to quickly provide our customers with zero-emission vehicles that meet their expectations,” said Lightning eMotors CEO Tim Reeser. “CATL has established itself as a respected industry leader, and our exclusive safety feature innovations mean Lightning eMotors customers are getting unique and best-in-class vehicles.”