Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Document and Entity Information

Document and Entity Information - shares
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2021
Aug. 09, 2021
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Quarterly Report true  
Document Transition Report false  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2021  
Entity File Number 001-39283  
Entity Registrant Name Lightning eMotors, Inc.  
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 233-0740  
Title of 12(b) Security Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share  
Trading Symbol ZEV  
Security Exchange Name NYSE  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes  
Entity Filer Category Non-accelerated Filer  
Entity Small Business true  
Entity Emerging Growth Company true  
Entity Ex Transition Period false  
Entity Shell Company false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   73,398,486
Entity Central Index Key 0001802749  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2021  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Amendment Flag false  
Redeemable Warrants [Member]    
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