Motiv Power Systems To Use BMW i3 Batteries In EPIC Chassis

JAN 23 2019 BY MARK KANE 6

Having BMW i3 batteries in a truck or bus can be EPIC

The number of small EV companies that use BMW i3 batteries in products expanded with the inclusion of Motiv Power Systems, which officially announced the integration of the packs in its EPIC chassis.

The EPIC – introduced in 2018 – is used in various commercial vehicles, from trucks to buses. Motiv boasts that the agreement represents a strong vote of confidence by BMW AG. The public debut of the BMW-powered EPIC chassis is planned for 2019 Work Truck Show (March 5 – March 8) at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The deal concerns the latest version of the i3 packs – 42.2 kWh (with 120 Ah lithium-ion cells).

The other BMW i3 customer is Turkish bus manufacturer Karsan, which uses i3’s motors and batteries. Karsan already plans a second EV model with BMW batteries.

Jim Castelaz, Motiv’s Founder and CEO said:

“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. 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 miles of real-world 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.”

Uwe Breitweg, Head of BMW Group Drive Systems for Industry Clients said:

“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,”.

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6 Comments on "Motiv Power Systems To Use BMW i3 Batteries In EPIC Chassis"

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Super cool, but a little surprising to me since Motiv is, I believe, in California. From which country will they source the BMW i3 battery packs?

They only make the batteries in Germany as far as I know. It is a factory with no emissions, it is powered by solar and wind energy.
It is good they let others use the batteries, so they can offer an EV faster and easier.

The form factor of the battery looks incredibly easy to integrate into other products. Seems like a good choice to use.

Rumor has it the new 120 ah batteries are made in China. The final assembly of the packs is probably still in Germany.

School busses would be an awesome electric platform based on use-case. Drive for an hour in the morning, charge all day, drive for an hour in the afternoon, charge overnight. Smaller batteries would probably do great. Normal charge rates could probably even be L2. I would recommend putting in a diesel cabin heater vice PTC only to keep the kiddies warm in cold climates. I like this! One question though, how are they integrating the A/C compressor based thermal management system of the i3? Oh and what are those “end-of-life replacement costs” for a 42.2 kWh i3 battery pack? I’m sure plenty first gen 60ah i3 owners would love to know.

Duluth had to add diesel heaters to their new Proterra buses.