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Motiv Names Chicago Partners

March 4, 2013 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

All-Electric Crane Refuse Truck Supported by Local Firms

City of Chicago contractors Cumberland Service and RNOW are among the project partners for an all-electric garbage truck – and perhaps as many as 20 all-electric garbage trucks – with Crane Carrier chassis for the City of Chicago, project leader Motiv Power Systems said Monday.

Motiv ePCS will be installed on a Crane Carrier truck with a Loadmaster body.

Motiv ePCS will be installed on a Crane Carrier truck with a Loadmaster body.

San Francisco-based Motiv is to deliver as many as 20 full-size Class 8 pure battery trucks to Chicago, according to a sliding scale with the later vehicles costing far less than the first one. The first battery truck is to cost something on the order of $1.3 million, with prices dropping to about $500,000 per truck by the time of the 11th (F&F, November 20).

Chicago contractor RNOW (of West Allis, Wisc.) will supply a 20-cubic-yard Loadmaster Excel-S series body for the Crane Carrier chassis. The Loadmaster body will have a new PTO-mounted pump to minimize power draw and hence extend battery life – “an on-demand-style hydraulic system,” says RNOW president Steve Krall.

The Crane chassis will be supplied by the Cumberland Service Center of  Arlington Heights, Ill., another City of Chicago contractor.

Fiamm Sodium Nickel Batteries

Motiv’s ePCS is designed to allow easy substitution of components, such as batteries and battery management system, as technologies improve. “The scalability and flexibility” of the ePCS drive is key, the firm said Monday. The contract with Chicago is worth as much as $13.4 million for as many as 20 battery trucks.

The Motiv ePCS employs “off-the-shelf batteries and motors, which can be mixed and matched to fit the exact size and duty cycle of the electric truck needed.” The initial truck for Chicago will have high-heat (and thus weather-impervious) sodium nickel batteries from Fiamm SoNick – often still referred to as Zebra batteries.

Motiv's test vehicle on the Stanford University campus in Menlo Park, Calif.

Motiv’s test vehicle on the Stanford University campus in Menlo Park, Calif.

Motiv says that its ePCS can handle EV trucks from medium duty to heavy duty, weighing 15,000 to 52,000 pounds. “Research suggests the ePCS design approach cuts operating costs by 50% over an eight-year period,” Motiv says. The firm’s medium-duty pilot shuttle bus – which was at the 2012 Work Truck Show ride-and-drive – reduced operating cost from 80 cents per mile to 10 cents per mile.

‘Not a Science Project’

“Motiv’s approach to the refuse market is the same as in other medium- and heavy-duty vehicle markets where we have worked before; find the best, most knowledgeable partners and build a team and product based on our combined expertise at a lower cost,” Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz said in the Monday release naming Cumberland and RNOW.

“These partners enable us to deliver a vehicle to Chicago that is not a science project, but consists of industry-standard components with strong, experienced suppliers standing behind every aspect of the vehicle.”

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Source: Motiv Power Systems with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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