Lightning Electric ZEV5 Shuttle Bus

Lightning Electric ZEV5 Shuttle Bus

The toughness of the Senator II HD meets
the power of the Lightning electric motors.

Explore the highest-capacity electric bus model in the cutaway product range. Thanks to our strategic partnership with StarTrans and Lightning eMotors, we are pleased to offer the electric version of the Senator II HD shuttle bus. 

With a range of over 160 km, the Lightning ZEV5 Shuttle Bus helps you provide a practical and reliable transportation service while producing zero emissions on the road. With the capacity to carry up to 24 seated passengers and its accessibility options, this electric bus is a good choice for transit and paratransit applications. It is also perfectly designed to shuttle passengers at airports, university campuses, entertainment venues and senior living facilities. Once they try it, your drivers and passengers will want more of this quiet, smooth, clean driving experience.

Lightning Electric
ZEV5 Shuttle Bus Specifications

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

At a glance:

  • Battery-electric vehicle
  • 209 km range
  • Up to 24-passenger capacity
  • ADA options (wheelchair lift)
  • Smooth, quick and quiet driving experience
  • Elegant integration with batteries fully under the floor
  • 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 24 passengers + 2 wheelchairs
Type of floorHigh-floor
Accessibility options availableCurbside wheelchair lift
EV typeBattery Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Base ChassisFord F-550 (regular cab)
Minimum Wheelbase 217"
GVWR (lb.)17,500 - 19,500
Overall width 96"
Overall height 123"
Interior width93"
* 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 Capacity120-160 kWh
Maximum Speed104 km/h (electronically limited)
Peak Power241 HP (180 kW)
Torque Rating (after transmission)811 lb-ft (1,100 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)•  15h30 (Level 2 charge at 6.6 kW)
•  8h30 (Level 2 charge at 13.2 kW)
DC Fast charger (up to 80 kW)
with Connector J1772 CCS-1 Combo
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 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

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.