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Lightning eMotors’ Telematics Solution, Lightning Insights, Optimizes Fleet Planning and Deployment with Massive Database Managed by Tessell

  • Lightning Insights tracks up to 156 data points per second, including vehicle location, state of charge, energy usage, efficiency, vehicle health and much more
  • The integrated software provides fleet operators with real-time data for in-use vehicles and actionable Lightning Energy charging statistics
  • Lightning migrated its MySQL Lightning Insights database from its own datacenter to run on AWS via the Tessell DBaaS platform in September 2022

Lightning eMotors (OTC: ZEVY), a leading provider of medium-duty and specialty commercial electric vehicles and charging solutions for fleets, announced today that it has passed the 10 terabyte (TB) database milestone for its state-of-the-art Lightning Insights™ telematics system utilizing Tessell DBaaS (database-as-a-service) running on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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Tessell’s cloud-based database ensures that fleet managers have reliable access to real-time vehicle data through Lightning Insights (photo: Lightning eMotors)

Tessell’s cloud-based database ensures that fleet managers have reliable access to real-time vehicle data through Lightning Insights (photo: Lightning eMotors)

Lightning Insights, purpose-built for monitoring and managing commercial electric vehicle fleets in real time, tracks up to 156 data points every second. Over eight years, 600+ deployed vehicles and more than 5 million miles, Lightning Insights has amassed more than 10TB of data, providing operators unprecedented access to real-time information about vehicle location, driver habits, state of charge, energy usage, efficiency and much more.

“Having this quantity of data on how commercial electric vehicles operate in the real world provides us with a great opportunity to not only help customers make better decisions for their fleets, but educate the market as well,” said Lightning eMotors’ vice president of marketing and sales operations Nick Bettis. “Providing honest information that counters some of the unrealistic claims in the market today is something we are passionate about.”

In addition to providing access to critical operational data, Lightning’s customer support team also uses Insights data for real-time alerts on vehicle health exceptions, allowing operators and service technicians to plan for and complete any necessary repairs before they become critical.

Lightning transferred its internal MySQL database at the heart of its Lightning Insights system to Tessell’s DBaaS running on AWS in September 2022. In less than one year, thanks to accelerating vehicle deployments, the database has reached more than 10TB and is growing at the rate of about one-half TB per month.

“When we evaluated the Tessell solution, we were extremely impressed with the resiliency and scalability it offered,” said Tim Reeser, co-founder and CEO of Lightning eMotors. “Along with Tessell’s vision, which aligns with our own commitment to relentless innovation, the robust solution has allowed us to scale and support our telematics capabilities quickly and affordably to meet the information needs of our growing customer base.”

“We’re very excited to reach this milestone with Lightning eMotors,” said Bala Kuchibhotla, co-founder and CEO of Tessell, Inc. “We strive to be not just a provider, but a partner to our customers, and we love seeing the continued expansion of the Lightning Insights environment.”

Commercial and government fleet operators considering electrification are encouraged to utilize Lightning’s Fleet Planner, powered by Lightning Insights, to see how a Lightning EV compares to an equivalent ICE vehicle in efficiency and total cost of ownership. Additionally, using data collected over more than 5 million real-world miles, Lightning’s Fleet Planner can also provide insight into how much CO2 could be mitigated from the atmosphere with an electrified fleet for their specific use cases.

Tessell’s customer story video regarding Lightning eMotors can be watched here.

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About Lightning eMotors

Lightning eMotors (OTC: ZEVY) has been providing specialized and sustainable fleet solutions since 2009, deploying complete zero-emission-vehicle (ZEV) solutions for commercial fleets since 2018. In that time, we have deployed a variety of vehicle classes and applications, including but not limited to cargo and passenger vans, ambulances, transit and shuttle buses, school buses, specialty work trucks, and electric powertrains for school buses, transit buses, and motor coaches. The Lightning eMotors team designs, engineers, customizes, and manufactures zero-emission vehicles to support a wide array of fleet customer needs with a full suite of control software, telematics, analytics, and charging solutions to simplify the buying and ownership experience and maximize uptime and energy efficiency. To learn more, visit our website at

About Tessell

Tessell is a cloud-native DBaaS revolutionizing data infrastructure and management for cloud-born and cloud-defining enterprises. Seamlessly compatible with both AWS, Azure, and GCP, Tessell provides policy-driven self-service access, DevOps integration, comprehensive production monitoring, and lifecycle management for Oracle, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, MongoDB, and Milvus database engines. Leveraging the high-performance NVMe storage capabilities of the cloud, Tessell excels at handling demanding production workloads and optimizing database consolidation for maximum economic efficiency. Tessell’s robust, cross-region replication capabilities and high-performance data infrastructure make it the optimal choice for hosting mission-critical databases. With an intuitive deployment process that eliminates manual data management tasks, Tessell liberates developers and data engineers to focus on innovation, customer satisfaction, and driving business triumphs.

Forward-Looking Statements

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