Motiv ePCS to power heavy electric trucks in Chicago

Image: Motiv ePCS garbage truck.jpg

Weighing 52,000 lb, the Motiv-powered electric refuse trucks in Chicago will have a range of more than 60 mi (97 km), with a total energy storage of 200 kW·h.

San Francisco Bay Area-based startup Motiv Power Systems has been chosen to supply its scalable electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) to the City of Chicago for 20 all-electric garbage trucks, under an exclusive five-year, $13.4 million contract. The City of Chicago operates 600 garbage trucks in total. The ePCS uses off-the-shelf batteries and motors that can be configured to power medium-duty to Class 8 heavy-duty EV trucks, weighing from 15,000 to 52,000 lb (6800 to 23,500 kg). This design approach can cut operating costs by 50% over an eight-year period, according to Motiv. The company, which was founded in 2009, has been validating its ePCS since March 2012 with an all-electric pilot bus. Funded by a grant from the California Energy Commission, the 20-passenger bus contains five battery packs (125 kW·h) providing a range of more than 120 mi (193 km) on a single charge. The Motiv EV refuse trucks planned for Chicago will use the same ePCS system as the pilot bus, but with a larger motor and 10 battery packs, and will also employ an electric motor to drive the hydraulics system. Motiv will work with partner Detroit Chassis to install the ePCS onto a standard refuse chassis; Loadmaster will provide the truck bodies. Weighing 52,000 lb (23,500 kg), the EV refuse trucks will reportedly have a range of more than 60 mi (97 km), with a total energy storage of 200 kW·h. (Go to to read about another recent electrified refuse truck project.)

HTML for Linking to Page
Page URL
Rate It
3.63 Avg. Rating

Read More Articles On

Built on a tool carrier chassis, the RT1200's design allows contractors to select from tracks or tires and a variety of attachments.
Terex says its new line of skid steer loaders and compact track loaders were specifically designed for rental stores and contractors working in site preparation, construction, landscaping, infrastructure development, and demolition applications.
The 744K-II, 824K-II, and 844K-II meet Final Tier 4 emissions while offering increased durability and productivity.
After first appearing on jobsites in 2009, Caterpillar’s latest D7E dozers feature three new “productivity boosting” dozing features for optimized performance during grading work.

Related Items

Training / Education
Technical Paper / Journal Article
Technical Paper / Journal Article
Technical Paper / Journal Article