Motiv Power Systems Wins $8.1 Million and Opens Manufacturing Facility to Meet All-Electric Truck and Bus Demand

Industry and Government Officials Celebrate the Grand Opening of The New Facility Today in Hayward, CA

May 27, 2015, 06:00 ET from Motiv Power Systems

FOSTER CITY, Calif., May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Motiv Power Systems has received $8.1 million in grant funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to continue the commercialization of its award-winning All-Electric Powertrain, including a new manufacturing facility in Hayward, California that opened today. Meeting the growing demand for electric trucks and buses across the US, this facility will produce the entire suite of products included in Motiv's All-Electric Powertrain. At full capacity, the facility will employ 20 workers and produce 480 all-electric powertrains annually.

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"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," said Janea A. Scott lead commissioner on transportation for the California Energy Commission. "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."

For the development of the Hayward manufacturing facility, Motiv previously received $2.4 million in funding from the CEC. Recently, the CEC awarded grants for approximately $2.7 million and $3 million to fund the production of a Class C electric school bus and electric refuse and loader trucks, respectively. In total, Motiv has received $12.3 million in funding from the CEC since its founding in 2009.

"We are deeply grateful for the CEC's leadership and California's grant programs. 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," said Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz. "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."

The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain Upfit Package is currently available for three truck and bus chassis: the Ford F59, the Ford E450 and Crane Carrier cabover class 8 chassis. The Upfit Package includes all of the components needed to transform the chassis from fossil fuel to zero-emission all-electric drive, such as batteries, motor, universal charging compatibility and power for hydraulics, heating and air conditioning units. It is professionally installed to OEM standards during the vehicle's build.

Named one of Popular Science's 2014 Best of What's New technologies, the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain has successfully been scaled from school buses for Kings Canyon Unified School District, to shuttle buses funded by Google and the CEC, and North America's only all-electric refuse truck deployed by the City of Chicago. These zero-emission trucks and buses have shown a reduction of total operating costs by up to 87 percent compared to diesel trucks.


Founded in 2009 and based in Foster City, CA, Motiv Power Systems designs and builds a flexible and scalable All-Electric Powertrain for commercial medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Motiv's suite of products works with a wide variety of batteries and motors. This flexibility allows traditional truck chassis OEMs to build electric trucks on their current diesel truck assembly lines, with minimal modifications to existing chassis designs. Motiv's All-Electric Powertrain is available for medium and heavy duty commercial truck and bus applications, including box trucks, flatbeds, refrigerated trucks, utility/service bodies, shuttle buses, school buses, delivery vehicles and refuse trucks. For more, please visit


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