Motiv Power Debuts All-Electric Chassis For Trucks, Buses


Motiv Power Systems announced the introduction of EPIC (Electric Powered Intelligent Chassis) – a family of chassis for all-electric trucks and buses.

It’s the next step for Motiv (founded in 2009), which began by providing powertrain kits.

EPIC was shown at the 2018 Work Truck Show on March 7 in Indianapolis. Displaying the chassis with Ford is related to receiving Ford’s qualified vehicle modifier approval (EQVM).

All the EPIC chassis are based on the popular Ford’s E-450, F-59, and F-53 platforms and are ready to produce any vehicle type:

Motiv Power Systems EPIC (Electric Powered Intelligent Chassis)

“The EPIC all-electric chassis are production line ready, drop-in replacements for the equivalent ICE chassis and are available for a wide range of medium-duty body applications including walk-in vans, box trucks, school buses, shuttle buses, work trucks and specialty vehicles. As a zero-emissions offering, the EPIC family of all-electric chassis qualify for regional and national incentive and subsidy programs including Volkswagen settlement funding.”

“Having received Ford’s qualified vehicle modifier approval (EQVM), the new EPIC chassis family provides a broad range of capabilities in range, power, and capacity equivalent to common combustion alternatives with the added benefits of near silent operation and smooth power delivery. Featuring Motiv’s award-winning and industry-proven Smart Power Control Technology™, each EPIC chassis is available with universal charging compatibility and secure remote telematics and diagnostics for unparalleled charging flexibility and fleet/driver connectivity.”

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Jim Castelaz, founder and CEO of Motiv Power Systems said:

“Since 2009, Motiv has been dedicated to taking the guesswork out of adding all-electric vehicles to existing fleets. Moving from providing powertrain kits to manufacturing complete electric chassis is a natural evolution for us. With the debut of the EPIC chassis family, fleet buyers and operators seeking un-compromised performance and functionality, together with dramatically reduced operating and servicing costs, now have a streamlined path towards that goal.”

Kash Sethi, Director of Sales at Motiv said:

“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. 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.”

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I see the vanlife people spending so much effort insulating their metal boxes, probably better to just start from this and DIY your own shell.

No noisy “doghouse” makes this a very good Ford frame to start with. Add 2kW of rooftop PV and double the batteries and you’re looking at an OTG RV, something I’ve been waiting for forever.

Motiv has done important work, do good and do well.