Friday, April 19, 2024

Motiv launches Argo electric trucks for medium duty hauling

In many countries, trucks are primary sources of commercial transportation. We can see on the road many trucks that use fuel-based internal combustion engines emit a lot of carbon from their exhaust. Now many companies are making their electric vehicles for net zero emissions, so they are converting fuel-based vehicles, trucks into electric.

Motiv Power Systems, the innovator of EV trucks and buses, has launched its new Argo series of electric trucks. 

Motiv is a long-time EV truck company with over 14 years of experience building all-electric vehicles capable of moving 2-6-ton payloads for industry leaders such as Cintas, Bimbo Bakeries, and Purolator. Motiv Power Systems delivers commercial battery electric trucks and buses, including charging infrastructure and guidance for deploying commercial fleets. 

The Argo Series is designed to support all medium-duty applications in classes 4-6 – including box trucks, step vans, shuttle buses, refrigerated vehicles, commercial vehicles, and other features.

Argo series has two truck models- one is standard Argo, and another is Argo L.

Argo has a 158kWh Lithium iron phosphate battery that provides this truck a maximum range of up to 150 miles (241 km) with a top speed of 68mph (110 km/h). This truck also features configurable regenerative braking. It can operate safely with a total weight of 22,000 lbs or 26,000 lbs (9979 kg or 11793 kg), including payload and truck weight. The Argo can haul up to 15,500 lbs of payload.

The standard Argo is available in five wheelbase options ranging from 178 inches to 298 inches (4,521.2 – 7,569.2 mm) with overall lengths starting from 22 feet (6.7 m) up to 38 feet (11.5 m).

Argo L is the same as the standard Argo model, except it provides a more extended range, battery, and lower payload capacity. It has a maximum range of up to 200 miles (321 km) and a 237kWh battery capacity. It can carry a payload of 14,300 lbs (6486 kg), with an overall length starting at 26 feet (8 m) and reaching a maximum of 38 feet (11.5 m).

The Argo series features a futuristic driver-centric cab built for EV trucking that has improved maneuverability. The driver will sit high for superior visibility and ergonomics compared to conventional cabs. This cab has an excellent thermal performance that outperforms other cabs for both heating and cooling. The cab is also integrated with both active and passive safety features. It gives the driver best-in-class visibility and ingress/egress, adding safety at every turn.

“The market is demanding a proven solution that enables companies to confidently scale their EV vehicle fleets, which is where Motiv steps in: Argo combines our proven powertrain technology with a new driver-centric cab to deliver an unparalleled EV experience,” said Tim Krauskopf, CEO of Motiv Power Systems. “In California, for example, the Advanced Clean Fleet Rule is set to go into effect on January 1, 2024, and the state needs roughly 20,000 new zero-emission medium-duty EVs on the road by the end of 2024. The Argo Series will help meet the growing demand of many companies waiting for an EV solution capable of supporting a wide range of applications.”

The Motiv Power Systems’ Argo series vehicles are now up for pre-order, with prototypes expected early next year, followed by customer deliveries by the end of 2024.