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  • Ford Announces New Three New QVM Partners: Motiv, Lightning Hybrids, and XL Hybrids

Ford Announces New Three New QVM Partners: Motiv, Lightning Hybrids, and XL Hybrids

Alternate Energy Platforms Get "eQVM" Status

Mar 15, 2017
Ford announced that three transportation startups would receive official upfit status for the automaker’s lineup of commercial vehicles. In an expansion of the company’s Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier program, Lightning Hybrids, XL Hybrids, and Motiv Power Systems will each be named an official “eQVM” of Ford’s lineup of commercial trucks, vans, and chassis.
Photo 2/4   |   Ford Press Conference John Ruppert Work Truck Show
The qualification comes with a number of benefits. For one, eQVM upfits made by certified technicians will leave the Ford warranty intact. Additionally, in order to be named an QVM or eQVM, a vehicle upfitter must meet Ford’s stringent standards for quality and reliability.
Each of these three companies offers a unique take on greener, more sustainable operation.
XL Hybrids is arguably the most conventional, offering a battery-electric hybrid upfit for the Ford Transit, E-350, and E-450 chassis; Ford Super Duty pickups; Ford F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks; and F-53 and F-59 stripped-chassis vans. Furthermore, the company offers a plug-in hybrid F-150 upfit. These systems provide electric motivation on the driveshaft rather than within the transmission, a method that sacrifices a small amount of efficiency in the name of an incredibly easy upfit that keeps the Ford-supplied powertrain intact. The company showed off its E-350 cutaway van, which wears all of the hybrid parts within and below the frame rails, leaving plenty of room for a conventional van or shuttle body.
Photo 3/4   |   Ford E 450 Cutaway Xl Hybrids Work Truck Show
Lightning Hybrids uses a novel system of high- and low-pressure hydraulic tanks working in tandem with a Ford powertrain to provide both regenerative braking and acceleration assist, with a driveshaft-mounted pump moving hydraulic fluid between the tanks and to a power transfer unit as appropriate. Since the kinetic energy released by the pressurized hydraulic fluid is expended at speeds above 30 mph, the Lightning Hybrids solution is ideal for the urban and multi-stop routes used by delivery vans and shuttles. The hydraulic hybrid system is available for the Ford Super Duty, F-650, F-750, F-59, E-350 chassis, and E-450 chassis.
Photo 4/4   |   Ford E 450 Cutaway Lightning Hybrids Work Truck Show
Eschewing the internal combustion engine altogether, Motiv Power Systems received eQVM status for its battery-electric conversion of the Ford E-450 and F-59. Motiv uses a modular system of battery packs with their own individual power control units, giving the product virtually unlimited scalability—those who need more range can simply order a package with the most battery packs, and vice versa. Motiv adds these batteries in a series, providing their vehicles with ranges between 50 and 100 miles, well within the daily routes of many delivery vans and work trucks. At the Work Truck Show, Motiv also took the opportunity to brag about its partnership with AmeriPride, with the latter company ordering an additional 20 all-electric delivery vans to be deployed in California's San Joaquin Valley.
Source: Ford, Motiv Power Systems
Ford F 59 Motiv Power Systems Work Truck Show
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