May 3, 2016

Motiv Power Systems All-Electric Powertrain Integrated Into New Electric Truck Types Using Ford E450 Chassis

New Zero-Emission Vehicle Applications from Motiv Partners Include Maintenance Work Truck and Box Truck

FOSTER CITY, Calif. —  California Truck Equipment Company (CTEC), Downey, CA and Rockport Commercial Vehicles, Elkhart, IN are two of the latest vehicle builders to offer all-electric versions of their existing commercial vehicles – maintenance work trucks and box trucks respectively. Both builders are using the MotivAll-Electric Powertrain, which is proving itself to be the leading electric truck technology in the industry. These builders join Morgan OlsonTransTech BusAmeritrans Bus and Cumberland Service Center as vehicle builders employing the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain to offer OEM electric versions of their vehicles. Zero-emission vehicles equipped with Motiv All-Electric Powertrains have shown a reduction of total operating costs by up to 87 percent compared to diesel trucks.

The first All-Electric CTEC work truck was recently delivered to the City of Santa Ana California, as a part of a California Energy Commission grant that also supplied the first three shuttle buses for the Mountain View Community Shuttle program (partially funded by Google). The All-Electric work truck is used regularly by the City of Santa Ana Parks and Recreation Department.

“We are excited to be offering all-electric versions of our existing work trucks to customers,” said Rick Anderson, President, of California Truck Equipment Company. “The Motiv-powered work truck looks and functions just like its gasoline counterpart, making it simple for our customers to fit them into their existing fleets. The maintenance truck for the City of Santa Ana has proved to be very reliable, and we look forward to building more.”

Meanwhile, the first Rockport All-Electric Box Truck will allow fleet operators located in and visiting the San Francisco Bay Area to gain a first-hand experience of what it’s like to drive a state-of-the-art all-electric vehicle. Motiv will make the box truck available for test drives through demonstrations and short-term leases to support fleets in making the decision to add electric vehicles.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to show fleets that going electric doesn’t have to mean a big change in operations. Instead a new, zero-emission vehicle can fit seamlessly within their existing infrastructure,” said Jim Castelaz, CEO of Motiv Power Systems. “Commercial fleets rely on consistency within their vehicles and operations, so having familiar OEM vehicle builders like Rockport and CTEC now offering all-electric vehicles is a game changer. It minimizes personnel training and maintenance on these new all-electric vehicles while maximizing fuel savings and reducing air pollution.”

Because the City of Santa Ana maintenance work truck and the box truck share the same Ford E450 chassis, they have similar specifications. The vehicles feature 1,200Nm of torque and a top speed of 60 miles per hour. Each has a GVWR of 14,500 pounds, and a payload capacity of 7,890 for the maintenance truck and 7,600 pounds for the box truck. The on-board charger can charge the vehicles up to 50 percent within two hours and a full charge within eight hours, without the need to install costly charging equipment at the fleet depot.

In addition to the Ford E450 chassis, the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain has higher-power upfit packages available for the Ford F59 and Crane Carrier COE2 class 8 chassis. Like the E450 All-Electric Powertrain, these configurations include batteries, electric motors, universal charging compatibility, and electric power for hydraulics, heating and air conditioning units, plus brackets and cables – all of the components needed to transform a chassis from fossil-fuel-powered to zero-emission all-electric drive.  The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain is professionally installed to OEM standards at the time of the vehicle’s manufacture.

Named one of Popular Science’s Best of What’s New technologies, the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain has successfully been used in school buses, shuttle buses,  delivery trucks, maintenance trucks and North America’s only all-electric refuse truck deployed by the City of Chicago.

Founded in 2009 and based in Foster City, CA, Motiv Power Systems designs and builds flexible and scalable All-Electric Powertrains 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. Common vehicle types from these builders include work, delivery and refuse trucks, as well as school and shuttle buses. The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain is installed at the time of vehicle manufacture, similar to a natural gas or propane upfit. For more information and career opportunities, please visit and follow us on Twitter @motivpsFacebook, and LinkedIn.

ABOUT California Truck Equipment Company (CTEC)
CTEC is a 40 year old family-owned company building high quality custom truck bodies. They build all kinds of service and work trucks, plumbing and electrical vans on several different chassis’. Motiv has partnered with CTEC to build electrified versions of these trucks.

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