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Motiv Power Systems opens powertrain facility in California

ABR Staff Writer Published 28 May 2015

Control systems maker Motiv Power Systems has opened a new manufacturing plant in Hayward, California, and received $8.1m in grants from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to commercialize its all-electric powertrain.


With an annual installed capacity of 480 units, the manufacturing unit will employ 20 people.

The Motiv all-electric powertrain has been recognized as one of Popular Science's 2014 Best of What's New technologies.

CEC lead commissioner on transportation Janea A. Scott said: "Motiv Power Systems is advancing electric transportation technology through several California Energy Commission grants, transforming mere concepts into practical, zero and near-zero emission vehicles.

"This new manufacturing facility is a great example of effective public policy and investments that can help the state meet its clean air, climate and petroleum reduction goals."

Motiv has, so far, obtained $12.3m from the CEC since the firm's inception in 2009.

Last time, Motiv obtained $2.4m funds for upgrading the Hayward manufacturing unit.

CEC also provided grants to the tune of $2.7m and $3m for producing a Class C electric school bus and electric refuse, and loader truck.

The Motiv all-electric powertrain upfit package is currently applicable for three truck and bus chassis: the Ford F59, the Ford E450 and Crane Carrier cabover class 8 chassis.

They contain the components needed to transform the chassis from fossil fuel to zero-emission all-electric drive, such as batteries, motor, universal charging compatibility and power for hydraulics, heating and air conditioning units.

Image: Motiv Power Systems' manufacturing facility in Hayward, California. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsFoto / Motiv Power Systems.