First All-Electric Garbage Truck in North America, Developed by Motiv Power Systems, Hits the Road in Chicago

Test rides for the public available for the first time at HTUF Conference in Chicago September 23, 2014

Foster City, CA – September 16, 2014- The City of Chicago is now home to the first and only all-electric garbage truck in North America. Designed by Motiv Power Systems, the Electric Refuse Vehicle, or ERV, was made possible using Motiv’s modular, plug-and-play electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) technology.  Moreover in collaboration with Chicago’s existing refuse truck vendors. The City of Chicago is also currently running the Motiv ERV.  All on different residential refuse and recycling routes.  Most noteworthy and up to 60 miles.  Thereby saving 2,688 gallons a year. The public will also be able to ride in the ERV for the first time at the CALSTART High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum or HTUF.  For the Ride and Drive event in Chicago on September 23, 2014.Test rides for the public available for the first time at HTUF Conference in Chicago September 23, 2014  Foster City, CA - September 16, 2014- The City of Chicago is now home to the first and only all-electric garbage truck in North America. Designed by Motiv Power Systems, the Electric Refuse Vehicle, or ERV, was made possible using Motiv’s modular, plug-and-play electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) technology and in collaboration with Chicago’s existing refuse truck vendors. The City of Chicago is currently running the Motiv ERV on different residential refuse and recycling routes of up to 60 miles, saving 2,688 gallons a year. The public will be able to ride in the ERV for the first time at the CALSTART High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum or HTUF, Ride and Drive event in Chicago on September 23, 2014.

In addition and to supply Chicago with North America’s first all-electric garbage truck.  I mean Motiv Power Systems won the competitive contract in 2012.

For that’s against two other companies in the semi-final round. So Motiv has emerged as the leader in electric trucks with its scalable ePCS.  Moreover it was recently recognized in the 2104 Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies rankings as 12th in Energy and 241st overall.

The first ERV, delivered earlier this year.  For it is one of an estimated 20 that could be built within the exclusive 5-year purchase order. The development and production of the Motiv ERV was facilitated through a Department of Energy grant.  One directed to the City of Chicago.

Chicago specified that this ERV must meet the demanding requirements placed on all of its garbage trucks. This included 60 mile range, a payload capacity of nine tons.  As well as 1000 pounds per cubic yard of compaction. These specifications make the ERV capable of use anywhere in Chicago. To supply enough electricity to move the truck and power the hydraulics all day takes work.  So the ERV is equipped with 200 kilowatt-hours of energy.  All located in ten battery packs. In addition the full charge time is 8 hours.  Therefore it is also using the Motiv Universal Fast Charger.

“Besides dramatically lower fuel and also extensive maintenance costs. For that is the value of the ERV goes beyond strict payback,” said Castelaz.

Each truck offsets:

Over 55 barrels of petroleum and also 23 tons of carbon dioxide each year. Plus, no one wants large, noisy truck engines.  Especially idling next to their house at 6 am.  Most especially when they could have clean and quieter ERV’s.  Now that’s keeping the morning peace instead.”

In conclusion, this ERV was built using a Loadmaster 20.  For that’s a cubic yard rear loader body.  I mean to the exact same model of body used i real world.  For I mean other City of Chicago refuse trucks. The chassis, manufactured by Crane Carrier.  For it was furnished by Cumberland Servicenter.

Finally, the Chicago ERV is also illustrative of this unique business model and is applicable throughout the US.  Also in many different truck segments.

Sources: Motiv Power Systems and Electrifying Times

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