Motiv’s electric Powertrain Control (ePCS) enables the design of all-electric trucks using any battery and any motor on any chassis for any weight class and range, on a traditional diesel truck assembly line. The benefits of Motiv’s technology are outlined below:
Most electric vehicles are designed with one specific battery type. Your vehicles become just as dependent on a particular battery as your conventional vehicles were on diesel or gasoline. Don’t get stuck with old batteries. Take advantage of newer, better, less expensive ones introduced every year. The Motiv ePCS is compatible with leading battery packs on the market and is designed to work with future battery technologies, reducing your fleet wide energy risk.
As diesel and gasoline prices continue to climb, the fuel savings for electric trucks will become even more attractive. With the Motiv ePCS, total cost of ownership is approximately 50% less than a diesel powertrain over an eight-year period. For a medium size class 4 (~15,000 lb) truck driving about 100 miles/day, savings over this 8 year period could be over $50,000.
The operating costs of electric are significantly lower than diesel - at today’s prices the cost of electric per mile is about 1/7th the cost of diesel. Vehicle maintenance costs are typically 25% of an equivalent diesel/gas vehicle.
Also, battery prices are coming down! If you are not tied to an outdated battery system, you can upgrade your vehicles in the future and pay a lot less for batteries. The US Department of Energy expects battery costs to be $300/kWh in 2014. Even at $500/kWh, the Motiv ePCS can have a 3-year payback.
Plug-and-Play, Modular Components
Motiv allows truck builders to use field-tested off-the-shelf batteries and motors that can be mixed-and-matched, enabling easier upgrades as battery costs decrease and technology improves. Batteries are typically packaged from battery manufacturers as 15 to 30 kWh off-the-shelf packs.
Build to any fleet spec including different ranges, multiple weights and power outputs depending upon the fleet useage. The modular powertrain design allows battery packs being added for longer ranges or heavier vehicles. Using different batteries in future is a simple software re-configuration of the Motiv ePCS.
|15,000lbs, 100 miles, 4x 25KWhr.
||23,000lbs, 100 miles, 6x 25KWhr
As shown in the adjoining 2 figures, heavier vehicles require more battery packs and more powerful motors. We use more of the same electronic boards with a minor software rewrite making new powertrain designs quick and inexpensive. The Motiv ePCS actively manages the electric power. For example, it can detect a battery pack that is running hot and throttle it down relative to other packs on the vehicle to extend its life.
Secure, Wireless, Real-Time Data
Just like an oil test, Motiv’s data-heavy telemetry system diagnoses maintenance problems before they occur by remotely identifying components – batteries and motors, working outside the operating range to minimize failures in the field.
The Android based telemetry system logs a huge amount of route data in real time which could improve your driver’s performance and safety management using commercially available software systems.
By using the cellular network and Motiv’s cloud database, all data can be accessed in real-time on your smartphone.
Our Motiv Fast Charger supports Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) and Vehicle-to-Building (V2B) connectivity. The universal on-board charger has an operating range of 208 - 600VAC, 1Φ or 3Φ. Our intelligent charger automatically sets the power to the optimal level depending upon the source.