May 3, 2016

Motiv Power Systems All-Electric Powertrain Integrated into Electric Truck Offerings

California Truck Equipment Co. (CTEC), in Downey, Calif., and Rockport Commercial Vehicles, in Elkhart, Ind., are now offering all-electric versions of their existing commercial vehicles – maintenance work trucks and box trucks, respectively – using the Motiv all-electric powertrain.

According to Motiv Power Systems, these builders join Morgan Olson, TransTech Bus, Ameritrans Bus and Cumberland Service Center as vehicle builders employing the Motiv all-electric powertrain to offer OEM electric versions of their vehicles. Motiv asserts that zero-emission vehicles equipped with its all-electric powertrains have shown a reduction of total operating costs by up to 87% compared with diesel trucks.

March 14, 2016

Sparking Electric-Powered Powertrain Adoption

Despite currently record-low fuel prices, emissions, anti-idling and noise regulations are driving medium-duty fleets to consider alternative fuels for their transportation needs. In particular, for operations with local multi-stop routes covering less than 100 miles a day, interest continues to grow in electric-powered delivery and work trucks.

According to Motiv Power Systems, approximately one-third of the eight million fossil-fueled trucks and buses in the U.S. are ideal candidates for electrification. The thousands of electric trucks already on the road, notes the manufacturer of scalable All-Electric Powertrains for commercial vehicles, is a clear indication that electric trucks are viable financially and are a solution that provides for environmental protection.

March 3, 2016

Are Low Diesel Prices Hurting Biofuels Companies?

With diesel fuel prices hovering at lows not seen in a decade, the smart money might bet against businesses developing products to replace the diesel engines and technology that keep the nation’s trucks on the road.

But entrepreneurs developing new fuels, engines and other green technology insist that they aren’t worried that retail diesel prices hovering near $2 a gallon, a drop of 30 percent in the last year, might hurt their ventures.

March 1, 2016

Morgan Olson and Motiv Power Systems Partner on All-Electric Delivery Trucks

Ford F59 Chassis Used for the Zero-Emission Route Star Walk-In Van on Display at the Work Truck Show, March 1-4, booth #5667

FOSTER CITY, Calif. and STURGIS, Mich. — The award-winning and extremely versatile all-electric powertrain supplier for trucks and buses and North America’s leading manufacturer of walk-in vans announced today a partnership to put more all-electric delivery trucks on America’s roads. Motiv Power Systems and Morgan Olson are collaborating to provide an all-electric option for Morgan Olson’s popular “Route Star” walk-in van, built on the Ford F59 chassis. Both companies will be exhibiting at The Work Truck Show in IndianapolisMarch 1-4. An F59 chassis equipped with a Motiv all-electric powertrain will be on display in booth #5667.

“We are thrilled to be working with Motiv and utilizing their all-electric powertrain technology,” said Rich TremmelMorgan Olson’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Many fleet managers are exploring alternative fuel solutions and finding electric to be ideal in many delivery applications. We want Morgan Olson to be the body company of choice for these new technologies.”

The new all-electric option of the Route Star walk-in van features up to 20 percent gradeability, 85 miles of range and a 50 percent battery charge time of 2.5 hours. The design of Morgan Olson’s walk-in van bodies demonstrate a 50 percent faster delivery time over conventional delivery trucks.

The first all-electric walk-in van was recently delivered to AmeriPride Services‘ Vernon, Calif. facility. Within the next year, this facility will be utilizing the all-electric Route Star walk-in van as part of a pilot program to convert 20 percent of its fleet to zero-emission all-electric trucks. AmeriPride is one of the leading textile rental services and supply company in North America.

“It’s exciting to see leaders like Morgan Olson and AmeriPride embracing all-electric trucks in a significant way,” said Jim Castelaz, CEO of Motiv Power Systems. “Delivery trucks are central to America’s economic health and by powering them with a Motiv all-electric powertrain, fleets gain some stability in their operating budgets, independence from fossil fuels and reduction of diesel particulate pollution in the communities they serve – a powerful triple benefit.”

In addition to the F59 chassis, Motiv has upfit packages available for the Ford E450 and Crane Carrier Class 8 chassis. Configurations include all the components required to transform a chassis to zero-emission all-electric drive and are professionally installed to OEM standards at the time of the vehicle’s manufacture.

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

About Morgan Olson

Morgan Olson is North America’s leading producer of Walk-In vans and dry freight delivery vehicle bodies. Over the years many successful industry leading companies have chosen Morgan Olson to provide innovative delivery vehicles to get their product to their customers, on-time, every time. Today, Morgan Olson continues its tradition as the leading walk-in van body manufacturer in North AmericaMorgan Olson’s portfolio of customers serves a multitude of industries and delivery applications. From baking and snack foods to newspaper, textile rental, vending and parcel delivery, the industry choice of commercial truck bodies is clear…Morgan Olson quality. Morgan Olson works closely with various alternative fuel chassis manufacturers. From electric, CNG, Propane, battery-electric and hydraulic hybrid propulsion systems, Morgan Olson has built bodies on all relevant and viable alternative fuel chassis.

About Motiv Power Systems

Founded in 2009 and based in Foster City, CA, the award-winning 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. In 2014, Motiv All-Electric Powertrain was named one of Popular Science’s Best of What’s New technologies. For more information and career opportunities, please visit www.motivps.com and follow us on Twitter @motivpsFacebook, and LinkedIn.

March 1, 2016

Morgan Olson to Offer Electric Walk-In Van

Morgan Olson will begin offering its Route Star walk-in van as a battery-electric vehicle propelled by a Motiv Power System powertrain, Motiv has announced.

The all-electric Route Star, which is built on a Ford F-59 stripped chassis, features 20% gradeability, 85 miles of range, and a 50% battery charge in 2.5 hours, according to the companies.

Motiv Power System, recently delivered the first all-electric walk-in van to linen delivery fleet AmeriPride Services’ Vernon, Calif., facility.

February 17, 2016

AmeriPride Receives First of 10 All-Electric Delivery Trucks from Motiv Power

AmeriPride Services, a textile rental services and supply company, announced plans to replace 20 percent of the fleet at its Vernon branch with electric delivery trucks equipped with Motiv Power Systems All-Electric Powertrains. Motiv has delivered the first of ten zero-emission step vans.

Area business leaders and government officials have been invited to an open house at AmeriPride’s Vernon location on February 18 at 2 p.m. to learn about the new vehicle in person and even take a ride.

February 16, 2016

AmeriPride Services Receives First of 10 New All-Electric Delivery Trucks from Motiv Power Systems

20 Percent of Delivery Fleet at Vernon, California Facility to be Replaced by Electric Trucks

VERNON, Calif.AmeriPride Services, a leading textile rental services and supply company in North America, today announced plans to replace 20 percent of the fleet at its Vernonbranch with electric delivery trucks equipped with Motiv Power Systems All-Electric Powertrains. Motiv has delivered the first of ten zero-emission step vans as a part of AmeriPride’s continuing mission to reduce its carbon footprint and be the industry leader in environmental sustainability. Area business leaders and government officials have been invited to an open house at AmeriPride’s Vernon location on February 18that 2pm to learn about the new vehicle in person and even take a ride.

“AmeriPride is committed to the environment and the communities where we live and work,” said Bill Evans, President and CEO of AmeriPride. “As one of the biggest operators in our industry, we are setting the standard for clean operations and continue to make improvements to our delivery operations and invest resources to test and help advance new green technologies.”

The company’s new delivery vehicles feature up to 20 percent gradeability, 80 miles of range and a 50 percent battery charge time of 2.5 hours. Installed by Morgan Olson on a Ford F59 Chassis, the walk-in step vans are the first Motiv-powered vehicles installed on a previously-used body.

“The F59 chassis from Ford is incredibly versatile and we’re excited to demonstrate an all-electric option with these AmeriPride trucks,” said Jim Castelaz, founder and CEO of Motiv Power Systems. “It provides a good example to the regional delivery services community that there are real things a company can do to improve regional air quality and reduce fuel costs.”

In addition to the F59 chassis, Motiv has upfit packages available for the Ford E450 and Crane Carrier COE2 Class 8 chassis. Configurations include all the components required to transform a chassis to zero-emission all-electric drive and are professionally installed to OEM standards at the time of the vehicle’s manufacture.

AmeriPride chose the Vernon market for this pilot based on route density and infrastructure, financial incentives and the region’s poor air quality. The purchase of the ten all-electric walk-in vans was made possible through a grant from the California Energy Commission.

“We are extremely excited to pilot the new electric delivery trucks at our facility,” said Annette Casemero, GM of the Vernon branch. “Our first truck has been running daily routes since it was delivered in November and has been running great, with zero service incidents or calls needed. Adding electric vehicles to our fleet complements our expanding alternative fuel program and we look forward to adding additional electric vehicles to our fleet in the coming year.”

Other initiatives the company is implementing at Vernon and other branches include propane, compressed natural gas and hybrid vehicles; trailer skirting and double-decker semi trailers; fuel efficient sedans for the service team and the installation of telematics technology and route optimization software to reduce mileage and increase efficiency. More details on AmeriPride’s efforts can be found in the company’s Corporate Responsibility Report that outlines many key initiatives it is sponsoring across the company.

AmeriPride has received recognition for its sustainability efforts, including TRSA’s ‘Clean Green’ Award, Heavy Duty Trucking’s ‘Top 50 Green Fleets’ Award, Fleet Technology Expo’s ‘Top Tier Light and Medium Duty Efficient Fleet’ Award, and ‘Sacramento Sustainable Business of the Year’ for Transportation and Air Quality by the Business and Environmental Resource Center (BERC), as well as recognition from Sacramento Area Sustainable Business, the City and County of Sacramento, the California State Senate and the US Congress. In addition, the Vernon facility received recognition from L.A. County for full compliance with wastewater discharge requirements and zero violations, and has remained in full compliance for more than five consecutive years.

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

For more details about the open house on Thursday, February 18, please contact info@motivps.com.

About Motiv Power Systems
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 www.motivps.com and follow us on Twitter @motivpsFacebook, and LinkedIn.

About AmeriPride
Headquartered in Minnetonka, Minn., AmeriPride Services is recognized as one of the largest textile rental and supply companies in North America. Operating more than 115 production facilities and service centers throughout the United States and Canada, the company provides linen and towels, uniforms, floor mats, restroom and cleaning products to nearly 150,000 customers through rental and purchase programs. As a true business partner, AmeriPride helps customers improve their image while keeping facilities clean and employees safe. Innovation, personalized service and a dedication to company values has sustained the private, family-owned company for more than 125 years. AmeriPride’s demonstrated commitment to customers, the community, employees and the environment has made them the People You Can Count On. Additional company information can be found at www.ameripride.com.

February 16, 2016

New EV Mashup Blends Ford F59 Chassis With Delivery Trucks

The venerable Ford F59 chassis got an electric makeover last spring when the electric vehicle company Motiv Power Systems announced that it would use the versatile light-duty truck and bus platform on its off-the-shelf EV manufacturing system. Barely one year later, Motiv is already out with another new sustainability twist: repurposing truck bodies formerly used in gasmobiles to manufacture new EVs on the F59 chassis.