Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

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Document and Entity Information - shares
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2021
May 07, 2021
Document Information [Line Items]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Mar. 31, 2021  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2021  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1  
Entity Registrant Name Lightning eMotors, Inc.  
Entity Central Index Key 0001802749  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Non-accelerated Filer  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes  
Entity Small Business true  
Entity Emerging Growth Company true  
Entity Ex Transition Period false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   73,229,705
Entity Shell Company true  
Entity File Number 001-39283  
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code DE  
Entity Tax Identification Number 84-4605714  
Entity Address, Address Line One 815 14th Street SW  
Entity Address, Address Line Two Suite A100  
Entity Address, City or Town Loveland  
Entity Address, State or Province CO  
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 80537  
City Area Code (800)  
Local Phone Number 223-0740  
Document Quarterly Report true  
Document Transition Report false  
Common Stock    
Document Information [Line Items]    
Title of 12(b) Security Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share  
Trading Symbol ZEV  
Security Exchange Name NYSE  
Document Information [Line Items]    
Title of 12(b) Security Redeemable Warrants, each full warrant exercisable for one share of Common Stock at an exercise price of $11.50 per share  
Trading Symbol ZEV.WS  
Security Exchange Name NYSE