Electric Vehicles

Motiv Power Systems Granted $1.16 Million for Electric Truck Assembly Line

March 20, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Energy Commission (CEC) granted Motiv Power Systems $1.16 million for an assembly line pilot run of four electric truck chassis in partnership with Detroit Chassis, according to a recent press release.

The grant will further support Motiv’s Electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS). Electric trucks equipped with ePCS have a total cost of ownership of approximately 50 percent less than a diesel powertrain over an eight-year period as well as a 100-mile range.

“A ‘mix and match’ design is the future of the electric truck, and we are thrilled to show the commercial trucking industry how ours works,” said Jim Castelaz, founder and CEO of Motiv Power Systems. “Our ePCS design accommodates a wide variety of off-the-shelf batteries and components, allowing EV designers and truck chassis builders the flexibility to combine various components to meet a range of specifications without designing a new powertrain from scratch.”

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