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Motiv Opening Cal Facility for EVs

May 27, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, event, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cites $8.1 Million Worth of California Energy Commission Funding

Motiv Power Systems says it expects to employ 20 workers and produce 480 all-electric powertrains annually at a new facility it’s opening today in Hayward, near San Francisco. The firm credits a total of $8.1 million in grant funding from the California Energy Commission that’s helping commercialize the “All-Electric Powertrain.”

Motiv’s ePCS – electric Powertrain Control System – is the heart of the All-Electric Powertrain upfit package now available for Ford F59, the Ford E450, and Crane Carrier cabover class 8 chassis.

Motiv’s ePCS – electric Powertrain Control System – is the heart of the All-Electric Powertrain upfit package now available for Ford F59, the Ford E450, and Crane Carrier cabover class 8 chassis.



Motiv says it’s putting $2.4 million in previously awarded CEC funding into the Hayward plant. CEC grants of approximately $2.7 million and $3 million are funding the production of a Class C electric school bus and electric refuse and loader trucks, respectively.

The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain upfit package is available for the Ford F59, the Ford E450, and Crane Carrier cabover class 8 chassis.

Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz

Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz

‘Rising Demand’

“In total, Motiv has received, $12.3 million in funding from the CEC since its founding in 2009,” the company says. “We are deeply grateful,” Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz said in a release. “Our success is in large part due to the CEC’s continuing support of cutting-edge research, and investments that help develop zero-emission vehicles,”

“Our new manufacturing facility will enable us to meet the rising demand for zero-emission vehicles from fleets seeking cost-effective and environmentally friendly transportation solutions,” Castelaz said.

‘Public Policy and Investments That Can Help’

Motiv’s powertrain upfit package includes batteries, motor, universal charging compatibility, and power for hydraulics, heating and air conditioning units – “all of the components needed to transform the chassis from fossil fuel to zero-emission all-electric drive,” Motiv says.

“Motiv Power Systems is advancing electric transportation technology through several California Energy Commission grants, transforming mere concepts into practical, zero and near-zero emission vehicles,” CEC’s lead commission for transportation Janea Scott says in Motiv’s Hayward facility announcement.

“This new manufacturing facility is a great example of effective public policy and investments that can help the state meet its clean air, climate and petroleum reduction goals.”


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

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