Motiv Power Systems, a sustainable technology company delivering a software platform for the electrification of medium-duty trucks and buses, featured its new F-59 chassis at The Work Truck Show 2020.
The new F-59 chassis will serve urban fleet delivery customers for parcel and delivery vans, school and shuttle buses. The chassis features a shorter wheelbase, Motiv’s Adaptive Battery Controller (ABC), and BMW lithium-ion battery packs. These features enable modularity and greater maneuverability of the vehicle where it’s needed most, according to the company, as well as an increase in cargo space and range driven between charges. Collectively, these features provide the cost savings and reliability that fleet customers demand.
“Urban fleets face unique challenges; tight corners, smaller parking spaces, and congestion. By working closely with, and listening to our customers, we built the F-59 chassis to help them overcome these challenges so they can operate and focus on what they do best,” said Jim Castelaz, founder and CTO of Motiv Power Systems. “Our vision has always been to free fleets from fossil fuels, and adopting a customer-centric approach has enabled us to develop products that deliver real-world solutions.”
Motiv said the F-59 chassis, part of the Electric Powered Intelligent Chassis (EPIC) line, are reliable, cost-effective, and capable of meeting the stringent and varying needs of medium-duty fleet operators – while streamlining the build process to speed-up delivery.
To drive down costs and increase payload and range, Motiv’s F-59 chassis use BMW batteries that are produced at scale, have low degradation and high safety, and provide a range of more than 120 miles, depending on routes. The ABC manages multiple battery packs, reducing both gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and motor cost.