Motiv Power Systems (Motiv), Foster City, Calif. a supplier of all-electric medium duty fleet chassis, has announced a commitment from Detroit Custom Chassis LLC (DCC) to install Motiv’s all-electric Epic chassis on the base Ford F-59 platform, which is assembled by its affiliate Detroit Chassis Plant (DCP). The first customer deliveries of Motiv Epic chassis originating from DCC are expected in the first quarter 2019.
As a Ford eQVM certified producer, Motiv worked with DCC to optimize production requirements of the Epic chassis to enable it to slot into the same assembly lines producing internal combustion engine-powered chassis.
“DCP has long served as the production facility for Ford’s F-59 commercial truck chassis. Since a number of our Epic chassis variants are based on Ford’s F-59, it made perfect sense to implement an OEM build process that closely mirrors the one used by Ford themselves,” said Matt O’Leary, Motiv’s CEO.
Production is underway at DCP, which has capacity to build up to 90,000 chassis a year at its 220,000 sq. ft. assembly plant in Detroit.
“Detroit Chassis has been in high-level strategic discussions with Motiv going back to 2012 and planning for the F-59 rollout accelerated in 2018. We are excited to now finally be able to showcase the Motiv Epic chassis rolling out of our facility,” said Michael Guthrie, co-chairman and CEO of DCP.
Founded in 1998, Detroit Chassis LLC and Detroit Custom Chassis LLC, are subsidiaries of Spectra LMP LLC, a provider of niche vehicle manufacturing solutions. Detroit Custom Chassis is a provider of custom up-fits, alternative powertrain conversions and complex sub-assemblies to a variety of automotive, motorhome, commercial truck and transit industries. 1