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Motiv Power Systems to offer BMW batteries on electric chassis for commercial vehicles

Motiv will use BMW’s EPIC chassis across its entire range

Motiv Power Systems (Motiv), the leading provider of all-electric fleet chassis for trucks and buses, has announced a supply agreement with Munich-based BMW to integrate BMW’s lithium-ion battery packs into its EPIC chassis.

Representing a strong vote of confidence by BMW AG, a leader in passenger car electrification, Motiv Power Systems now offers BMW’s latest (third) evolution of its Li-ion battery packs on its all-electric EPIC chassis.

“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,” said Motiv founder and CEO Jim Castelaz.

“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’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.”

“Our industrial clients welcome the usability of the ready-made technology that BMW i components provide, as well as their durability. All of this is evident in well over 100,000 BMW i model sales worldwide,” said head of BMW Group Drive Systems for Industry Clients Uwe Breitweg.

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.

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