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BIMBO BAKERIES USA ORDERS MOTIV’S ALL-ELECTRIC EPIC CHASSIS EQUIPPED STEP VANS

With deliveries expected to occur in Q3 of 2019, Bimbo Bakeries USA purchase order represents another major fleet deployment for Motiv Power Systems

Motiv Power Systems (Motiv), the leading provider of all-electric medium-duty fleet chassis for buses and trucks, announces a five-vehicle purchase order from Bimbo Bakeries USA, the US business of Mexico City-based Grupo Bimbo.

The vehicles will feature Motiv’s all-electric EPIC 6 chassis (based on the popular Ford F-59 platform) with step van bodies built by Utilimaster Corporation. Bimbo Bakeries USA will deploy these vehicles for fuel-efficient product delivery in Ceres, California.

“Last mile delivery of baked goods is a perfect use case for EPIC based step vans,” Matt O’Leary, Motiv’s CEO, says. “These are high-volume, low-weight applications operating on fixed routes. As such, they are particularly well-suited for electrification.”

EPIC chassis feature Motiv’s proprietary operating software, which enables a unique, modular approach to safely and reliably control various battery and hardware technologies. They are Ford eQVM-approved and CARB certified.

“Sustainability is built into our company’s Purpose—building a sustainable, highly productive, and deeply humane company, Eric McCann, field service manager for Bimbo Bakeries USA, says. “We are continuously looking for new ways to preserve the environment and reduce our carbon footprint. Incorporating these vehicles into our fleet is an important step toward reducing our fleet’s dependence on fossil fuels, and we look forward to introducing the EPIC platform into our supply chain.”

The electric delivery vans will be fitted with Utilimaster’s step van bodies, the industry-standard for delivery and service vehicles, and will feature a highly modular cargo area and multiple door configurations, providing maximum versatility.

“Utilimaster is encouraged by the strong market response to our Motiv all-electric F-59 offering,” Chad Heminover, president of Utilimaster Corporation, says. “It really comes as no surprise to see the rapid expansion of demand for these cost-effective, zero-emissions vehicles into an increasing cross-section of commercial fleet deployments.”

The Bimbo Bakeries USA vehicles will share the road with Motiv’s other EPIC powered electric step vans, including recent deployments with United States Postal Service and AmeriPride Services, a subsidiary of Aramark Corporation.

Find out more, visit www.motivps.com.

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