Motiv Power Systems and Morgan Olson are collaborating to provide an all-electric option for Morgan Olson’s popular Route Star walk-in van, built on the Ford F59 chassis. The new electric Route Star has a range of 85 miles.
“Many fleet managers are exploring alternative fuel solutions and finding electric to be ideal in many delivery applications,” said Morgan Olson VP Rich Tremmel. “We want Morgan Olson to be the body company of choice for these new technologies.”
The first units were recently delivered to textile rental service AmeriPride in Vernon, California, as part of a pilot program to convert 20 percent of the conpany’s fleet to zero-emission electric trucks.
“Delivery trucks are central to America’s economic health,” said Jim Castelaz, CEO of Motiv Power Systems, “and by powering them with a Motiv all-electric powertrain, fleets gain some stability in their operating budgets, independence from fossil fuels and reduction of diesel particulate pollution in the communities they serve – a powerful triple benefit.”
Motiv also offers upfit packages for the Ford E450 and Crane Carrier Class 8 chassis, including all the components required to transform a chassis to electric drive. Motiv’s powertrains are currently serving in school buses, shuttle buses, delivery trucks, and even a Chicago garbage truck.