BMW might be world famous for building “the ultimate driving machine”, however their future might also be as a battery business!
The German sports/luxury car manufacturer has been at the forefront of electric vehicle development with cars like the i3 and i8 landing years ahead of electric models from competing manufacturers.
And that tech development looks to be paying off in a different way for BMW than just electric car sales.
Now another electric commercial vehicle manufacturer has turned to BMW for their know-how.
U.S. based Motiv Power Systems has announced a supply agreement with BMW that will see the German automaker’s lithium-ion battery packs utilised in its Electric Powered Intelligent Chassis (or EPIC).
The all-electric EPIC chassis is body-ready and designed to be an alternative for fleets running vans, box trucks, school buses, shuttle buses, work trucks and specialty vehicles.
The lithium-ion batteries Motiv is sourcing from BMW are commonly found on its electric i3 passenger car.
Jim Castelaz, Motiv’s founder and CEO, says it makes sense to use the BMW componentry.
“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,”
“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.”
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