July 2017 Newsletter
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Motiv CEO Selected for
Silicon Valley Business Journal: 40 Under 40

We are honored to have our CEO and Founder, Jim Castelaz, featured in Silicon Valley Business Journal: 40 under 40

As CEO, Jim holds the vision for the future of electronic trucks and drives the strategic and technical direction of Motiv. Fueled by a passion for the environment and a curiosity for EV, eight years ago he got to work on a solution to free commercial fleets from their dependency on fossil fuels. Motiv's All-Electric Powertrain couples the best of advanced power electronics and software with off-the-shelf batteries and components. With this approach, the All-Electric Powertrain can fit on popular existing chassis types, work with any present or future battery and motor, scale up and down to fit any truck or bus size, and empower existing truck builders to offer electric options of their current vehicles.

Jim has led Motiv to achieve six patents for systems and methods around managing a power system with multiple power components, load testing multiple power converters without dedicated test equipment, and balancing charge within a battery pack. The company has five patents pending covering electric vehicle power system innovations.

Jim believes in the future of electric. Before Motiv, Jim was a Chief Architect at an EV start-up focused on designing electric buses for the Chinese Market. His other projects included developing an electric motorcycle, solid state transformers for the power distribution grid with Southern California Edison, and various other embedded systems. 

Jim Castelaz | CEO & Founder | His inspiration: Jack Fuchs
“He’s always had confidence in me and has taught me how to have confidence in myself and how to trust my intuition.”

MAPT Conference 2017 Recap

In June, we exhibited at the Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation (MAPT) Conference in Lansing, Michigan. We displayed the only all-electric chassis option on the show floor where attendees got to experience how quiet and non-emissive our chassis is.

Our chassis was turned on and running consistently, inside the show hall, all day! 

Interested in upgrading your fleet to all-electric?

Contact our sales team today! 

MAPT Conference Lansing, Michigan

We're Hiring!

We're passionate about the environment, learning, and playing ping pong! We're looking for team members to join us in our engineering, product, sales, and support departments. 

We've worked hard to build a team that loves collaborating with each other. You’ve got to be an entrepreneurial risk-taker; someone whose ideals are lofty enough to dream big, but which are grounded enough to implement. We’re looking for creators and facilitators, leaders and entrepreneurs. Most importantly, you must be passionate about our vision and willing to play an active role in shaping it.

Visit our website to view our open positions!

Motiv Team | Foster City, California

Did You Know?


A Motiv-Powered Fleet in Northern California has
Traveled Over 225,000 Miles

The city of Mountain View has had Motiv-Powered shuttles in operation since 2015, providing free local transportation to their community.

The average fuel economy of a fossil fuel-powered shuttle bus is 6 miles per gallon (MPG) of gasoline. These Motiv-Powered shuttles have eliminated the need for over 37,500 gallons of gasoline -  that's over 772 barrels of oil saved!  


Beyond fuel cost savings, this has also resulted in over
300 tons of carbon pollution being kept out of the atmosphere!

We Would Love to Hear from You

Have more questions for us about our products and features?
Would you like to see our all-electric chassis or take a Motiv-Powered vehicle for a test drive?
Email our sales team!

Upcoming Events

Motiv is participating in these upcoming events:
  • ACT Research | August 20 - 22 | Columbus, IN | Jim Castelaz (CEO & Founder), Speaking Topic: "Automation, Innovation and Regulation: What’s on the Horizon?"
Check out our website to find out where we'll be next.

About Motiv Power Systems

Motiv Power Systems designs and builds flexible and scalable Powertrain Control Systems for commercial medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Motiv partners with existing truck builders who manufacture electric versions of their traditional fossil-fueled vehicles on their current assembly lines using the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain

We're committed to freeing fleets from their dependency on fossil fuels!
Contact us at info@motivps.com.
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