Motiv Power Systems, the leading innovator of EV vans, trucks, and shuttle buses driving the backbone of urban commerce, has new field test results on its next-generation technology that redefines range and payload limits for daily-use commercial fleet vehicles.
Motiv is partnering with the Michigan-based developer of innovative energy storage technology, Our Next Energy (ONE), for battery technology for Motiv’s 6th generation all-electric vehicles – which are currently in testing and will launch in early 2023.
Motiv’s step vans, trucks, and buses will soon feature ONE’s Aries™ LFP battery system that can be deployed with a full vehicle payload on routes of more than 150 miles per charge – a range that exceeds commonly available medium-duty EV technology.
In a Motiv field test, a medium-duty electric vehicle hauling 6,000 pounds of payload easily traveled the 150-mile drive south from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge to the Bixby Bridge in Monterey. A second field test was conducted on public roads in both city and highway traffic conditions in a vehicle hauling the daily payload typical for Motiv’s commercial customers.
“This is a major milestone for our commercial customers – who deploy EV fleets every day that are critical to driving business results,” said Tim Krauskopf, CEO of Motiv Power Systems. “In fact, the expanded 150-mile range easily doubles the number of addressable routes a fleet can complete with Motiv trucks and buses – which means they’re able to deliver more goods, services, and people for their customers,” Krauskopf added.
The new battery technology from ONE is an advancement for the commercial sector – and will enable Motiv to provide 156 kWh with two battery packs instead of three packs for 127 kWh. Motiv customers will also benefit from ONE’s safe and sustainable LFP cathode chemistry.
The Aries chemistry is free of nickel and cobalt, which helps lower costs and create a more sustainable raw material supply chain compared to the current industry standard. Nickel and Cobalt are expensive to mine, have increased environmental impact, and are constrained by supply chain issues, whereas LFP chemistry eliminates these issues almost entirely. LFP chemistry is also safer, more thermally and chemically stable, and has a significantly longer lifetime.
“Our Structural Cell-to-Pack architecture yields higher system-level energy density compared to leading competitors” said Mujeeb Ijaz, founder, and CEO of ONE. “Improving the energy density of electric commercial vehicles will allow for better range, increasing fleet-wide adoption.”
ONE’s scalable architecture allows for series and parallel configurations and at least 3,000 recharge cycles. The company’s integrated Battery Management System (BMS) also protects against overcharging. Since the chemistry is safe to pack densely, Motiv’s new 156 kWh battery system will take up 30 percent less volume than its current 127 kWh configuration, which will help improve range and performance.
Motiv’s 6th generation platform will also include a new motor as part of the company’s suite of patented technologies. Motiv’s family of all-electric vehicles, powered by ONE, will be available across Motiv’s entire range of vehicle applications in 2023.
About Motiv Power Systems
Founded in 2009 and headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Motiv Power Systems delivers medium-duty class 4-6 commercial battery-electric trucks and buses, along with charging infrastructure and guidance for deploying commercial fleets. Specializing in step vans, shuttle buses, and box trucks, Motiv is a leading provider of daily-use zero-emission vehicles for moving people and moving goods that are the “backbone of urban commerce” with 98 percent uptime and intense customer-driven focus. The company’s solutions not only offer fleets up to 85 percent operations and maintenance cost savings but also provide operators and riders a healthier and more comfortable experience without polluting the communities they serve. For more information about the company’s products, services, or career opportunities, please visit motivps.com.
About Our Next Energy, Inc (ONE)
Our Next Energy, Inc. (ONE) is a Michigan-based developer of innovative energy storage technology. Founded in 2020 by Mujeeb Ijaz, a battery systems engineer with more than 30 years of experience, the ONE team is focused on safer battery chemistries that use sustainable raw materials while creating a reliable, low cost and conflict-free supply chain. ONE will begin production of its first product, Aries™, in late 2022 and will demonstrate a production prototype Gemini™ battery in 2023.