Spartan Motors Unveils New EV Fleet Concepts

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Spartan Fleet Vehicles and Services, a business unit of Spartan Motors Inc., has unveiled two new electric vehicle (EV) fleet concepts.

One concept is a walk-in van collaboration with Motiv Power Systems. The electrified chassis, powered by lithium-ion batteries, includes technologies such as collision mitigation, 360-degree cameras displayed on a 9-inch HD in-dash monitor, and DOT sensors. According to Spartan, the Utilimaster walk-in van, powered by Motiv’s EV chassis, offers the same performance as a traditional fuel-equivalent vehicle but features an 85% reduction in operating costs and 66% reduction in maintenance costs over the life of the vehicle.

The second electrified chassis is the first for Spartan Motors and Cummins, which collaborated to provide an electrified last-mile-delivery vehicle, specifically designed for the parcel delivery market. Built on Isuzu’s strip chassis, the same chassis leveraged by Utilimaster’s Reach vehicle, its powertrain boasts a battery system giving drivers an 85-mile range, a 3,200 lb. payload, and an under-six-hour charge time.

“By introducing these new vehicles and corresponding technologies, our goal is to advance the future of electric vehicles for the last-mile-delivery segment, and in doing so, create a better experience for our customers, operators and consumers,” says Daryl Adams, president and CEO of Spartan Motors.

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