BMW i3 batteries will power Motiv’s all-electric trucks, vans and buses


Motiv Power Systems (Motiv) announced today a supply agreement with BMW to integrate the automaker’s proven i3 lithium-ion battery packs into its EPIC chassis for the production of all-electric commercial trucks, vans and buses.

BMW AG, which became a leader in vehicle electrification with its all-electric i3 passenger cars, will be providing Motiv with its latest, third generation lithium-ion battery packs.

“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,” said Jim Castelaz, Motiv’s Founder and CEO. “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 real-world miles 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,” Castelaz continued.

The BMW battery equipped EPIC chassis will be available across Motiv’s entire range of vehicle applications and will debut at the 2019 Work Truck Show.

“Our industrial clients welcome the usability of the ready-made technology that BMW i components provide, as well as their durability,” said Uwe Breitweg, Head of BMW Group Drive Systems for Industry Clients. “All of this is evident in well over 100,000 BMW i model sales worldwide.”