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Lightning eMotors Sees Supply Chain Slowing Growth ‘For the Next Few Quarters’

March 30, 2022
After working through battery issues last year, the EV builder now faces worsening chassis shortages as OEMs wrestle with semiconductor supplies.

The leaders of Lightning eMotors say supply chain hang-ups, some ongoing and others relatively new, are pushing a share of the commercial electric vehicle builder’s revenues into future quarters. To help manage that shift, they say they are focusing more on repowering existing chassis—including for Forest River Bus, which has expanded its partnership with Lightning.

Boosted by a $40 million accounting gain on the fair value of an earnout liability, Colorado-based Lightning posted a profit of $22.2 million in the fourth quarter on sales of $4.2 million. The company’s adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was negative $15.9 million, about three times its late-2020 equivalent.

Lightning sold 36 vehicles in the last three months of 2021, down from 43 in the third quarter, and hurt by major original equipment manufacturers such as Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp., pausing production for lack of parts, especially semiconductors. Earlier last year, the company had addressed battery bottlenecks by signing supply agreements with Proterra Inc. and Coulomb Solutions Inc.

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