Sporting a six-phase permanent magnet motor for traction applications, fully electric delivery trucks operated by Purolator are the latest additions to the Canadian courier’s fleet of eco-friendly vehicles. Serving the Vancouver area, the 18-ft fully electric curbside delivery vehicles expand the company’s fleet of e-trucks and e-cargo bikes already in use on the streets of Montreal and Toronto.
The trucks are built on Ford’s F-59 platform and electrified by Motiv Power Systems using its Electric Power Intelligent Chassis (EPIC) for delivery vans. The powertrain in the Purolator build provides 230 kW peak power, 308 hp, 2400 torque and 20% gradeability. Purolator’s deployment of the technology marks Motiv’s first collaboration with a company in Canada.
“The introduction of all-electric vehicles into Purolator’s fleet is a critical step in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and helps to advance our mission of freeing fleets from fossil fuels,” said Matt O’Leary, chairman and CEO of Motiv Power Systems. “We applaud the organization’s commitment to implementing innovative and sustainable technologies and look forward to working alongside them to modernize their fleet and delivery solutions throughout Canada.”
The Purolator vehicles are built on Motiv’s latest generation Epic F-59 chassis. The fifth generation EPIC F-59 and E-450 chassis for medium duty fleets have reduced the total number of components in the electric powertrain by 30 percent while also improving range, acceleration, and top speed. It incorporates high-performance batteries from BMW in a new robust architecture and includes Motiv’s latest release of its AdaptEV software. Founded in 2009 and headquartered near San Francisco, Motiv provides electric truck and bus chassis and related charging infrastructure for fleets.
Since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Purolator has seen residential deliveries grow by approximately 50 percent, increasing the demand for transportation and courier services. The new trucks join the company’s existing fleet of 315 hybrid-electric vehicles plus new low-speed electric vehicles and cargo e-bikes.
“At Purolator, we’re committed to adapting intelligently and providing sustainable solutions for the unique challenges of urban growth, the rise of e-commerce and unprecedented volumes of home deliveries,” says John Ferguson, president and CEO. “Transforming our infrastructure and fleet is a key focus area of our growth and innovation strategy, and the cornerstone of our commitment to reduce our environmental footprint.”