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Winnebago & Motiv Power Partnering On Electric Commercial Vehicle Platform

The US-based recreation vehicle manufacturer Winnebago Industries is partnering with Motiv Power Systems for the launch of a new electric commercial vehicle platform, and will be launching a model in relation to that new platform. The new model will be launched through Winnebago’s Specialty Vehicles Division.

In addition, the two firms have announced a strategic partnerships will see the development and supply of an electric-powered chassis. In relation to all of the above, Winnebago will be making a financial investment into Motiv Power Systems, but the exact figures in question have not been released publicly.

Green Car Congress provides more: “Winnebago Industries’ all-electric/zero-emission commercial vehicle is based on a Class A RV platform utilizing Motiv’s Ford F53 based EPIC all-electric chassis and will be available in 33-foot and 38-foot lengths with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) up to 26,000 pounds.

“The vehicle is suited for urban and semi-urban short range commercial applications such as mobile medical clinics, bloodmobiles, mobile classrooms, and mobile outreach vehicles. Significant road testing has been conducted on the vehicle that houses 6 to 8 batteries and delivers an expected range of 85 to 125 miles on a full charge.”

While this news probably doesn’t represent the most important plug-in electric vehicle sector news in recent times … it’s still an interesting enough development. When even Winnebago is beginning to offer plug-in electric vehicles (EVs). that’s probably a sign of a major shift occurring. Though, it remains an open question whether or not the company will embrace plug-in electric vehicles even further than this at a later point.

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.


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