May 5, 2023

What’s Winning the Commercial EV Power Wars? E-Axles or Central Drive Motors?

Motiv has been in business since 2009 and we spoke to CEO, Tim Krauskopf, and CTO and founder, Jim Castelaz, about why Motiv has elected to use legacy components in conjunction with electrification despite building commercial vehicles from the ground up. “Mostly historical reliability,” Krauskopf explained to us, “We’re using the standard Dana differential and we don’t have anything in the axle, brake system, or the diff and driveshaft that is not of decades-old reliability. The motor comes from one of the top five worldwide motor manufacturers. We’re just assembling them in an application that’s new but we’re building on reliability, component by component, that allows us to make sure our uptime is really, really high.”