Muncie, Indiana-based Dannar has signed a supply agreement with BMW i to provide i3 batteries for the Dannar Mobile Power Station (MPS), a heavy-duty EV designed for infrastructure maintenance and disaster response.
Dannar and BMW have been working to develop the MPS for more than a year. Dannar also has partnerships with other Tier 1 suppliers, including Parker Hannifin (mobile hydraulic system), UQM Technologies (HD950T traction motor), and Cummins (optional tier 4 generator).
Dannar’s MPS is outfitted with a Parker Hannifin mobile hydraulic tool and attachment system and optional Dannar work arms that can be equipped with any CAT or Bobcat attachments. It can be outfitted with multiple seasonal configurations, making it more cost-effective to operate than traditional diesel equipment such as tractors, skid steers, and wheel loaders.
The MPS can carry multiple BMW i3 battery packs on its steel ladder frame and 40,000-pound-rated axles. Custom configurations of multiple packs provide appropriate energy for single-day or multiple-day work requirements. The vehicle’s two-way charger and inverter enable the battery system to export emergency power for large buildings or neighborhoods.
“The BMW i3 pack is the gold standard of lithium-ion technologies,” said Dannar founder and CEO Gary Dannar. “The MPS is designed with off-the-shelf, top-of-the-line components, making it the first zero-emission off-road configuration designed to carry this much energy and utility.”