AMPLY Power partners with Lightning eMotors to provide software for fleets

AMPLY Power announced the deployment of its new “Powered by AMPLY” Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, beginning with a new partnership with commercial EV manufacturer Lightning eMotors. Future Lightning eMotors electric vehicles will feature AMPLY’s OMEGA charging management software.

AMPLY Power is an electric vehicle charging and energy management provider dedicated to commercial fleets that operate trucks, buses, vans and light commercial vehicles. The company uses a Charging-as-a-Service (CaaS) model to handle all aspects of a customer’s fleet charging needs at a lower upfront cost. In addition to charging solutions for electric vehicles, this also includes financing and maintenance.

In addition to sustainable charging solutions, AMPLY Power has developed charge management software to support commercial fleet EVs similar to what Lightning eMotors makes.

Lightning eMotors ($ZEV) designs, engineers, customizes and manufactures electric vehicles to meet a variety of needs of its fleet customers. The company originally specialized in electric conversions of existing platforms developed by other OEMs such as Ford and Chevrolet, including a Special Vehicle Manufacturer (SVM) deal with GM.

However, in early January, the company said it would also be offering customers custom-built electric vehicles on its own proprietary platform. Since then, the automaker has been working to integrate autonomous capabilities into its electric vehicles.

With the help of AMPLY Power, Lightning eMotors vehicles are now being equipped with new charging management software.

  • AMPLY Lightning eMotors
  • AMPLY Lightning eMotors

Electric vehicles from Lightning eMotors are said to be “Powered by AMPLY”.

AMPLY Power shared news about its new SaaS model and simultaneous partnership with Lightning eMotors in a press release today, sharing some details on the charging software’s capabilities. AMPLY’s OMEGA software helps OEMs optimize their EV charging operations by monitoring factors such as cost-effective energy windows and vehicle availability, and responding dynamically in real-time without the need for active fleet management.

After this initial deployment with Lightning eMotors, other OEMs can implement AMPLY Power’s charging software in their own electric vehicles because it is both vehicle and charger independent. AMPLY Founder and CEO Vic Shao said:

Meeting the growing demand for electric mobility requires collaboration across the EV ecosystem, from vehicle manufacturers to telematics providers, utilities, energy management providers and beyond. Powered by AMPLY allows OEMs like Lightning eMotors to offer their customers fully integrated solutions – ultimately helping companies quickly scale their EV fleets by making it easier for them to manage the charging of their new vehicles.

AMPLY explains that by pairing their charging management software with Lightning eMotors’ existing EV telematics, the two can demonstrate a future of commercial EV fleets that are quick and easy to setup and optimize, saving customers both time and money. Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning eMotors, also commented on the new partnership with AMPLY Power:

We are very excited to integrate our industry-leading vehicle telematics solution, Lightning Insights, with AMPLY Power, one of the leaders in fleet charging management. Tight integration between vehicles and chargers is a critical component to successful fleet electrification, managing electrical loads and controlling operational costs. This joint integration of OMEGA and Insights will allow fleets to deploy Lightning EVs with the confidence that they can leverage AMPLY’s software to optimize fleet operations and charging strategy out of the box.

According to the companies, OMEGA software integration is set to roll out in Lightning eMotors vehicles in Q4 2022. Once software integration is complete in the cloud, all current and new Lightning vehicles will have access to the OMEGA portal to use at their leisure.

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