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The Motiv EV Truck’s Battery Outperforms A 150-Mile Range During Testing

TNI || New Delhi || 10th March 2022

Motiv Power Systems has released new field-test results for its next-generation technology for commercial fleet vehicles used on a regular basis.

Motiv is collaborating on battery technology with Our Next Energy (ONE), a Michigan-based developer of breakthrough energy storage technology, for its sixth generation all-electric vehicles, which are now under testing and will be available in early 2023.

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The Aries LFP battery system, which can be installed with a full vehicle cargo on routes of more than 150 miles on a charge a capacity that surpasses widely available medium-duty EV technology will soon be offered on Motiv’s step vans, trucks, and buses.

In a Motiv field test, a medium-duty electric vehicle transporting 6,000 pounds of payload crossed the 150 miles south from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge to the Bixby Bridge in Monterey with ease.

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In a second field test, a truck carrying the daily payload typical of Motiv’s commercial customers was driven on public roads across both city and highway traffic situations.

As per the CEO of Motiv Power Systems, Tim Krauskopf, it is really a turning point for their commercial customers, who deploy EV fleets on a daily basis to drive business results.

He adds that the enhanced 150-mile range more than increases the quantity of accessible routes a fleet can accomplish with Motiv trucks and buses – allowing them to transport additional goods, services, and people to their clients.

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The new ONE battery technology is a step forward for the commercial market, allowing Motiv to supply 156 kWh using two battery packs rather than three for 127 kWh.

Customers of Motiv would also profit from ONE’s LFP cathode chemistry, which is both safe and long-lasting.

When compared to the existing industry standard, the Aries chemistry is nickel and cobalt free, which helps lower prices and establish a somewhat more ecological raw material supply chain.

Mining nickel and cobalt is expensive, has a higher environmental effect, and is hampered by supply chain constraints, whereas LFP chemistry virtually eliminates these issues.

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LFP chemistry is also safer, has a longer lifetime, and is much more thermally as well as chemically stable. 

LFP chemistry is also safer, has a longer lifetime, and is much more thermally as well as chemically stable.

When compared to top competitors, their structured Cell-to-Pack architecture offers superior system-level energy density, says Mujeeb Ijaz, ONE’s creator and CEO. He further says that raising the energy content of electric commercial vehicles will promote fleet-wide adoption by enabling a longer range.

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The scalable architecture of ONE allows for both series and parallel configurations, as well as a minimum of 3,000 recharge cycles.

Overcharging is also protected by the firm’s integrated Battery Management System.

Motiv’s new 156 kWh battery system would take up 30% less volume than its present 127 kWh version, helping to enhance range and performance.

As part of Motiv’s proprietary technology, the company’s sixth-generation platform will contain a new motor. In 2023, Motiv’s ONE-powered all-electric vehicle family will be offered throughout the company’s full range of vehicle applications.