Builder: Cumberland Servicenter

Motiv is proud to be “under the hood” of America’s first all-electric refuse truck (ERV). The City of Chicago contracted with Motiv in 2012 to build up to 20 of these electric garbage trucks. The scalability and flexibility of the Motiv electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) made Motiv the most cost-effective choice for this revolutionary refuse truck. In the spring of 2014, Motiv delivered the first truck to Chicago.

“We are constantly looking to modernize and improve the City’s fleet operations through environmentally conscious choices,” said David Reynolds, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Fleet and Facility Management. “The City in a Garden is proud to be home to North America’s first all-electric refuse and recycling truck, and we look forward to examining how this truck can boost efficiency, reduce emissions and save tax payer dollars in the future.”

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 and 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, the ERV is equipped with 200 kilowatt-hours of energy, in ten battery packs. Full charge time is 8 hours using the Motiv Universal Fast Charger. The truck uses a Loadmaster 20 cubic yard Excel-S rear loader body and a Crane Carrier chassis furnished by Cumberland Servicenter.