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Motiv eRefuse Truck Pair for Los Angeles

August 25, 2017 in EVs, EVSE, Fleet Order, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Order for Two Vehicles Follows EV Specialist’s
Experience in Chicago & Truck for Sacramento

Motiv Power Systems is talking up an order for two of its 100% battery electric refuse trucks for the Los Angeles Sanitation Department. “This marks the third metropolitan area in the United States that will utilize and benefit from Motiv-powered, all-electric, zero-emission refuse trucks in their communities,” the company says.

Motiv Power Systems reports an order for two all-electric refuse trucks from the Los Angeles Sanitation Department, marking ‘the third metropolitan area in the United States that will utilize and benefit from Motiv-Powered, all-electric, zero-emission refuse trucks.’



Motiv initially deployed a battery-electric refuse truck with the City of Chicago (F&F, November 20, 2012), and this year announced a placement in Sacramento (F&F, June 13).

“Refuse trucks are ideal candidates (economically and environmentally) for electrification due to their fixed pickup routes and predictable range requirements,” Motiv says.

Far Lower Operating Costs

The Motiv powertrain “results in a high quality, zero-emission electric vehicle with the same capability as traditional diesel-powered vehicles without the noise or pollution typically associated with refuse trucks” (emphasis added).

Motiv claims an 85% reduction in operating costs.

FZSoNick Batteries

As in Sacramento, Motiv is using a Crane Carrier chassis for the trucks for Los Angeles. All of the vehicles are powered by sodium nickel batteries from Switzerland’s FZSoNick (aka Fiamm).

Three-phase 100-amp EVSE/electric vehicle supply equipment chargers from ClipperCreek, procured via Motiv, will be installed at Los Angeles Sanitation’s North Central District Yard in Lincoln Heights, says an L.A. source.

“Time to fully charge, from a state of charge of 20%, is about 10 hours (overnight charging),” he told F&F, with approximately eight hours to 90%.

CAD image of the Crane Carrier chassis used for Motiv’s 100% battery-electric refuse trucks.


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

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