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Motiv Power Systems Debuts A Line Of Ford-Based, Pure-Electric Commercial Vehicle Chassis

Motiv Power Systems has unveiled a line of complete, all-electric medium-duty vehicle chassis called “EPIC” (Electric Powered Intelligent Chassis). Based on the Ford E-450, F-59, and F-53 platforms, the new EPIC chassis were designed as production-line-ready, drop-in replacements for equivalent ICE chassis, suitable for medium-duty applications like walk-in vans, box trucks, school buses, shuttle buses, and work trucks.

Motiv’s EPIC chassis have Ford’s stamp of approval through the automaker’s eQVM (electrified Qualified Vehicle Modifier) program, and in fact, Motiv has been building electric powertrain kits for medium-duty Ford chassis for some time. Jim Castelaz, founder and CEO of Motiv Power Systems, called the transition into building complete electric chassis “a natural evolution” for the company.

Motiv’s new EPIC Ford-based chassis pack the company’s Smart Power Control Technologyâ„¢. The electric chassis are available with universal charging compatibility, along with remote telematics and diagnostics that allow fleet managers to keep an eye out for smooth operation at all times.

“With nearly ten years of operations, and with more than 350,000 miles logged in major national fleet deployments, Motiv’s powertrain offerings have established a well-deserved reputation for reliability and scalability. These traits are also exemplified in the new EPIC chassis family as a turn-key, all-electric chassis,” says Motive Power Systems Director of Sales Kash Sethi. “With EPIC, fleets can select chassis optimized for their specific range, payload, and route requirements.

“By providing an all-electric offering for fleet applications Motiv now closely mirrors the long-established procurement process for internal combustion engine powered chassis.”

Motiv Power Systems’ family of pure-electric EPIC Ford-based chassis are on display now through March 9th at The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the Ford booth. Visitors can try Motiv’s powertrain technology out for themselves by test-driving an EPIC-based AmeriPride walk-in van with a Utilimaster body – part of a Ride & Drive event co-hosted by Motiv and Utilimaster.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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