BMW i3 battery packs to power Motiv electric trucks, buses, vans

Motiv Electric E 450 Chassis 300x191Motiv Power Systems has announced a supply agreement with BMW to integrate the automaker’s i3 lithium-ion battery packs into its EPIC chassis for the production of all-electric commercial trucks, buses and vans.

“When Motiv specs a battery for a chassis, we are looking for factors that matter most to our end users. These include initial cost, reliability over time and end-of-life replacement costs,” says Jim Castelaz, Motiv founder and CEO. “With BMW’s latest version of its lithium ion packs, commonly found on its all-electric i3 passenger cars, we were able to find a compelling battery solution that checks all those boxes.”

BMW AG will be providing Motiv with its latest, third-generation lithium-ion battery packs.

“BMW’s lithium-ion batteries are well-suited for use in commercial fleet vehicle deployments because they represent millions of real-world miles globally—meaning they have seen every potential road condition that Motiv-powered vehicles are likely to encounter—and have proven to be both dependable and reliable,” Castelaz says.

The BMW battery-equipped EPIC chassis will be available across Motiv’s entire range of vehicle applications and will debut at the 2019 Work Truck Show, being held March 5-8, in Indianapolis.

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