Having BMW i3 batteries in a truck or bus can be EPIC
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).
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,".