Motiv Power Systems, a provider of EV trucks and buses, announced its next-generation electric trucks for medium-duty fleets. Motiv says its new trucks include a new motor and a new battery system assembled with a more efficient powertrain design with fewer parts.
Motiv says it worked with Nidec to design and patent a six-phase motor and motor controller producing torque that surpasses internal combustion engine (ICE) counterparts. Motiv also co-developed and has patents pending for its battery interface to the new battery system, the first ONE Aries LFP battery system on the market, capable of reaching a 200-mile range on a single charge. The company notes that the base version is rated at 150 miles range.
Motiv says its next-generation vehicles will incorporate these upgrades:
- Torque equal to Class 8 diesel trucks: The patented motor and controller, co-developed with Nidec, offers Class 8 diesel-comparable torque making the trucks faster than all gasoline equivalents 0-30 and 0-60 with a full load (4-6 tons), according to the company.
- Simplified design: The new EVs combine 12 different parts into a single, high-reliability unit with fewer wires and cables, and the company notes that the simplicity improves serviceability and limits maintenance needs.
- Enhanced driving range: The new ONE Aries LFP battery, co-developed with ONE and incorporating Motiv’s patent-pending battery control signal, offers a 150-200-mile range for its entire capacity, even when at max GVWR, according to the company.
- Battery safety and sustainability: The LFP battery is free of nickel and cobalt, which lowers costs, creates a more sustainable raw material supply chain and has a significantly longer lifetime. Motiv notes that the chemistry and design of the LFP battery greatly increase safety by eliminating the potential for thermal events.
- Highly customizable: Fleets can select two or three battery packs to suit range needs. The new technology design supports customized body builders, including providing several charge port locations, multiple high-voltage accessories for HVAC and power take-off, and many specialized body requirements.