BMW Supplies Motiv with Passenger-Car Lithium-Ion Batteries


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

Motiv is offering BMW’s latest (third) evolution of lithium-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,” explains Jim Castelaz, Motiv’s 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’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 adds.

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

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