The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded a $1.16 million grant to Motiv Power Systems, a company that specializes in electric vehicle (EV) powertrains for commercial trucks, to support pilot production of four electric truck chassis in partnership with Detroit Chassis LLC.
Motiv says its proprietary Electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) is designed to integrate with a number of battery systems and other components, which allows chassis builders to combine disparate components to meet various specifications. On average, the system provides a 100-mile range, and it manages power flow between all electrical components via an integrated software package.
‘High capital costs are often cited as the barrier to EV adoption,’ says John Formisano, a member of Motiv's advisory board and chairman of CALSTART. ‘But Motiv's technology enables component flexibility and holds the potential to reduce the costs of EVs and allow electric trucks to become more mainstream.’