Charlotte-based Spartan Motor's Division Joins California Firm to Build All-electric Walk-in Vans


Charlotte's Spartan Motors Inc. made an agreement with California's Motiv Power Systems to produce zero-emission all-electric walk-in vans for fleets. The contract grants Spartan exclusive access to Motiv's EPIC all-electric chassis.

Photo courtesy of Motiv Power Systems

Spartan Fleet Vehicles and Services, a division of Charlotte-based Spartan Motors Inc., today announced it has joined California’s Motiv Power Systems, to produce zero-emission all-electric walk-in vans for fleets. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The contract grants Spartan exclusive access to Motiv’s EPIC all-electric chassis in manufacturing class 4 and class 6 walk-in vans for a minimum of three years. Moriv Power Systems produces all-electric chassis for walk-in vans, box trucks, work trucks, buses, and other specialty vehicles. The two companies are expected to build hundreds of the all-electric vehicles over the course of the agreement.

“Our key customers have been asking Spartan to provide an EV solution,” says Daryl Adams, president and CEO of Spartan Motors. “Our exclusive supply agreement with Motiv answers their question and demonstrates Spartan’s ability to innovate and advance the markets we serve, and we believe it places us ahead of the curve in the EV fleet market.”

Adams says Motiv’s All-Electric chassis provides universal charging compatibility and secure remote telematics and diagnostics. Each walk-in van has a 100-150-mile range per charge.

“Through this agreement, Spartan and Motiv further demonstrate our shared vision that electric commercial vehicles are an important part of our future,” says Jim Castelaz, Motiv’s CEO.

Spartan Motors is a designer, engineer, manufacturer, and marketer of specialty vehicles and other products. Motiv Power Systems manufactures all-electric powertrain control systems for commercial vehicles.

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