Operator Claims a Record for the Textile Delivery Sector
Power Systems is spreading the word this morning that it’s supplying an additional 20 all-electric delivery vans to AmeriPride Services, making for a total of 30.
“This total of 30 sets an industry record of a textile rental services and supply company with the most electric trucks in the U.S.,” Motiv says.
The F59 strip chassis-based trucks are being outfitted with Motiv battery drives by Roush Industries’ assembly services unit. Like the first ten vehicles, they have motors from Canada’s TM4 and SoNick brand sodium nickel batteries from Fiamm (F&F, August 19, 2016).
‘Line Assemblers, Rather Than Engineers’
The 20 new trucks will be deployed in the San Joaquin Valley cities of Bakersfield, Fresno, Merced and Stockton.
By utilizing Roush, Motiv says it is “able to use line assemblers, rather than engineers, to build the vehicles.
‘A Total Systems Approach’
“Roush uses a total systems approach to designing and managing the entire work flow of information, materials and services, from raw materials suppliers, through factories and warehouses, to the end customers,” states the Motiv release.
“The company has over 35 years of experience building a responsive, agile and effective supply chain that supports a diverse product base.”
The trucks are being turned out at a rate of one per day at the Roush facility in Livonia, Mich., Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz told F&F.
‘Not the First’
“This is not the first 100% electric drive installation that we have manufactured for clients,” says Roush product programs VP Greg Fraker. His firm applies “in-house manufacturing engineering and quality resources to develop an assembly process for each series product we produce,” he told F&F.
“There are unique considerations for each of the fuel types,” Fraker says – diesel, propane, gasoline or electric, “and Roush is experienced in engineering as well as manufacturing all these types of vehicles.”
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Source: Motiv Power Systems with Fleets & Fuels follow-up