Slated to be the heaviest electric trucks in the US, the 20 class-eight EV refuse trucks will weigh 52,000 lbs, with a range of 60 miles (200kWh)
FOSTER CITY, Calif., Nov. 19, 2012 /PR Newswire/ — Chicago city streets are set to be the first in the nation with all-electric, zero-emission garbage trucks thanks to the $13.4 million contract granted the San Francisco Bay Area startup Motiv Power Systems. The scalability and flexibility of the Motiv electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) made the company the most cost-effective choice for the exclusive 5-year contract. Currently the only technology of its kind in the trucking market, the ePCS uses off-the-shelf batteries and motors, which can be mixed and matched to fit the exact size of the electric truck needed. The ePCS can handle EV trucks from medium-duty to Class 8 heavy-duty, weighing 15,000 lbs-52,000 lbs. Research suggests the ePCS design approach cuts operating costs by 50 percent over an eight-year period. With its medium-duty pilot shuttle, Motiv reduced operating cost from 80 cents per mile ($0.80/mi) to 10 cents per mile ($0.10/mi).