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.