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MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS APPROVED AS A FORD QUALIFIED VEHICLE MODIFIER FOR ELECTRIC POWERTRAINS FOR COMMERCIAL WORK TRUCKS AND BUSES - March 16, 2017

Motiv Power Systems Approved as a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier for Electric Powertrains for Commercial Work Trucks and Buses

Motiv Power Systems proud to be one of first developers approved to Ford’s electric powertrain QVM Program for commercial vehicles.

Foster City, CA — March 16, 2017 — At The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN, Ford announced the selection of Motiv Power Systems in their new eQVM program.  With eQVM, Ford has expanded their Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program to include forward-thinking companies like Motiv that develop and install electrified and hydraulic hybrid powertrains for commercial use.  The eQVM program helps fleet and commercial companies with their unique and specific needs for durable, reliable electrified work trucks that retain the original manufacturer’s warranty.

Motiv has met Ford’s stringent assessment criteria verifying the company meets the manufacturing, assembly, workmanship, customer service and quality requirements of the eQVM program.  Customers can be confident that their Motiv-powered electric work trucks are in compliance with Ford guidelines and retain their factory warranties.

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The new Ford eQVM status Motiv Power Systems has received verifies it meets Ford’s stringent assessment criteria for the installation of all-electric powetrains on Ford chassis, such as this F59 electrified chassis for AmeriPride Services.

Motiv’s inclusion in the program aligns with the company’s longstanding mission to offer a scalable electric powertrain option for fleet vehicles, thereby reducing emissions and environmental impact of industrial vehicles. Motiv’s technology aims to fundamentally change the way fleet vehicles are powered and inclusion in Ford’s program is a logical step in this goal.

“Motiv is committed to freeing fleet vehicles from their dependency on fossil fuels.  Our powertrains coupled with Ford’s existing commercial vehicle chassis are an ideal match. Partnering with Ford in programs like this will work towards our greater goal:  making electric-powered commercial vehicles the norm not the exception,” said Jim Castelaz, founder and CEO of Motiv Power Systems.

Motiv’s patented Powertrain Control System uses independent battery and accessory control combined with commercially proven electrical components to provide a unique, modular and scalable all-electric powertrain. The inherent flexibility in this architecture enables matching of major components such as batteries and motors to meet the exact needs of a vehicle’s route requirements.  This enables reliable battery electric trucks and buses to be built on the same chassis and bodies as their fossil-fueled counterparts.

Vehicle applications utilizing Motiv’s technology include delivery vehicles, shuttles and school buses across a variety of Ford Chassis, most notably the E-450 and F59.

Named one of Popular Science’s Best of What’s New technologies, the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain has successfully been scaled across a variety of Ford Chassis, most notably the E-450 and F59. Current trucks powered by Motiv include school buses for Kings Canyon Unified School District, walk-in vans for AmeriPride Services, shuttle buses funded by Google and the CEC, and North America’s first all-electric refuse truck deployed by the City of Chicago. These zero-emission trucks and buses have shown a reduction of total operating costs by up to 87 percent compared to diesel trucks.

About Motiv Power Systems

Founded in 2009 and based in Foster City, CA, the award-winning Motiv Power Systems designs and builds flexible and scalable All-Electric Powertrains for commercial medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Motiv partners with existing truck builders who manufacture electric versions of their traditional fossil-fueled vehicles on their current assembly lines using the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain. Common vehicle types from these builders include work, delivery and refuse trucks, as well as school and shuttle buses. The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain is installed at the time of vehicle manufacture, similar to a natural gas or propane upfit. In 2014, Motiv All-Electric Powertrain was named one of Popular Science’s Best of What’s New technologies. For more information and career opportunities, please visit www.motivps.com and follow us on Twitter @motivps, Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

Media Contact:

Technica Communications
Lisa Ann Pinkerton
408-806-9626
lpinkerton@technicacommunications.com

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MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS OPENS NEW HEADQUARTERS TO SUPPORT ELECTRIC TRUCK AND BUS GROWTH AND JOBS IN CALIFORNIA - Aug 18, 2016

Community stakeholders, EV fleet managers, and local business leaders to celebrate Grand Opening today

Foster City, Calif. – (Aug 18, 2016) – Motiv Power Systems, leading manufacturer of electric truck and bus powertrains is opening its new headquarters at 330 Hatch Drive in Foster City, California, today. The new headquarters gives the company room to grow and hire new employees, and continue to design cutting edge power electronics that allow truck and bus manufacturers to add zero-emission vehicles into their portfolio of alternative fuel options. The new headquarters triples Motiv’s workspace, creating the opportunity to accommodate up to 100 employees.

CEO Jim Castelaz in front of the new Motiv Power Systems headquarters. The Mayors of Foster City and San Mateo will join customers like Google and AmeriPride, and stakeholders like the California Energy Commission to celebrate the grand opening today.

CEO Jim Castelaz in front of the new Motiv Power Systems headquarters. The Mayors of Foster City and San Mateo will join customers like Google and AmeriPride, and stakeholders like the California Energy Commission to celebrate the grand opening today.

“Motiv’s expansion is a great example of the growing innovation economy in San Mateo County. I applaud Motiv’s commitment to sustainability and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. While their clean technology provides environmental benefits wherever these vehicles are driven, the local benefit includes new jobs in San Mateo County. It’s great to see local companies seeking and receiving grants from the CEC that allow them to expand their operations, benefiting local communities and all of California,” said Assemblymember Kevin Mullin.

In addition to its new headquarters, Motiv operates a manufacturing facility in Hayward, California. The facility produces the entire suite of controllers for Motiv’s All-Electric Powertrain. At full capacity, it produces controllers for 480 all-electric powertrains annually, supporting the growing demand for electric trucks and buses across the U.S. Motiv’s Hayward manufacturing facility was made possible thanks to an $2.3 million in grant funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC). These all-electric powertrain components are used in electric vehicles by partners including Morgan Olson, California Truck and Equipment Company, Creative Bus Sales, Rockport, Trans Tech Bus, and Cumberland Servicenter.

“We are thrilled to open our new headquarters and support new local green jobs,” said Jim Castelaz, CEO of Motiv Power Systems. “As a young company in 2010, Motiv was awarded the first of several grants by the California Energy Commission that allowed us to develop and demonstrate our all-electric powertrain and set the foundation for our future successes here in California. This has lead to securing private investment and being one of the fastest growing private companies in America. We are confident that our continued investment in California’s future, sustainable technology, and the health of our communities is the right choice.”

Motiv will be holding a grand opening ceremony at its new headquarters today, between 2:00pm – 4:00pm. The company welcomes California Senator Jerry Hill, Mayor of Foster City Herb Perez, Mayor of San Mateo Joe Goethals, Google’s Transportation Operations Manager Michael Wooley-Ousdahl, AmeriPride’s Fleet Services Manager Banny Allison, and representatives of the California Energy Commission and California Air Resources Board.

Guests will have the ability to ride in one of the Mountain View Community Shuttles, which were partially funded by Google, and in Motiv’s All-Electric E450 Cargoport, which are both powered by all-electric powertrains supported through the California Energy Commission and California Air Resources Board’s programs.

“As the debate over the future of Cap-and-Trade is being considered by the Governor and the Legislature, we hope they recognize the enormous successes California’s investments have already brought to the state,” explained Urvi Nagrani, Motiv’s Director of Marketing & Business Development. “New technologies, new jobs, local manufacturing, and better air quality have all been supported by policy over the last decade. This emerging industry’s remarkable successes have recently been overshadowed by funding delays which create needless hurdles and stagnation in deploying cutting edge solutions. We hope California invests in the programs needed to meet the ambitious targets in Governor Brown’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Action Plan and Sustainable Freight Plan, ensuring we remain a global leader in sustainable solutions.”

Named one of Popular Science’s 2014 Best of What’s New technologies, the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain has successfully been scaled from school buses for Kings Canyon Unified School District, to shuttle buses funded by Google and the CEC, and North America’s only all-electric refuse truck deployed by the City of Chicago. These zero-emission trucks and buses have shown a reduction of total operating costs by up to 87 percent compared to diesel trucks.

About Motiv Power Systems

Founded in 2009 and based in Foster City, CA, the award-winning Motiv Power Systems designs and builds flexible and scalable All-Electric Powertrains for commercial medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Motiv partners with existing truck builders who manufacture electric versions of their traditional fossil-fueled vehicles on their current assembly lines using the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain. Common vehicle types from these builders include work, delivery and refuse trucks, as well as school and shuttle buses. The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain is installed at the time of vehicle manufacture, similar to a natural gas or propane upfit. In 2014, Motiv All-Electric Powertrain was named one of Popular Science’s Best of What’s New technologies. For more information and career opportunities, please visit www.motivps.com and follow us on Twitter @motivps, Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

Media Contact:

Technica Communications
Lisa Ann Pinkerton
408-806-9626
lpinkerton@technicacommunications.com

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MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS ALL-ELECTRIC POWERTRAIN INTEGRATED INTO NEW ELECTRIC TRUCK TYPES USING FORD E450 CHASSIS - MAY 4, 2016

New Zero-Emission Vehicle Applications from Motiv Partners Include Maintenance Work Truck and Box Truck .

Foster City, Calif. – (May 4, 2016)California Truck Equipment Company (CTEC), Downey, CA and Rockport Commercial Vehicles, Elkhart, IN are two of the latest vehicle builders to offer all-electric versions of their existing commercial vehicles – maintenance work trucks and box trucks respectively. Both builders are using the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain, which is proving itself to be the leading electric truck technology in the industry. These builders join Morgan Olson,TransTech Bus , and Cumberland Service Center as vehicle builders employing the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain to offer OEM electric versions of their vehicles. Zero-emission vehicles equipped with Motiv All-Electric Powertrains have shown a reduction of total operating costs by up to 87 percent compared to diesel trucks.

All-Electric Walk-in Van

The first All-Electric CTEC work truck was recently delivered to the City of Santa Ana California, as a part of a California Energy Commission grant that also supplied the first three shuttle buses for the Mountain View Community Shuttle program (partially funded by Google). The All-Electric work truck is used regularly by the City of Santa Ana Parks and Recreation Department.

“We are excited to be offering all-electric versions of our existing work trucks to customers,” said Rick Anderson, President, of California Truck Equipment Company. “The Motiv-powered work truck looks and functions just like its gasoline counterpart, making it simple for our customers to fit them into their existing fleets. The maintenance truck for the City of Santa Ana has proved to be very reliable, and we look forward to building more.”

Meanwhile, the first Rockport All-Electric Box Truck will allow fleet operators located in and visiting the San Francisco Bay Area to gain a first-hand experience of what it’s like to drive a state-of-the-art all-electric vehicle. Motiv will make the box truck available for test drives through demonstrations and short-term leases to support fleets in making the decision to add electric vehicles.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to show fleets that going electric doesn’t have to mean a big change in operations. Instead a new, zero-emission vehicle can fit seamlessly within their existing infrastructure,” said Jim Castelaz, CEO of Motiv Power Systems. “Commercial fleets rely on consistency within their vehicles and operations, so having familiar OEM vehicle builders like Rockport and CTEC now offering all-electric vehicles is a game changer. It minimizes personnel training and maintenance on these new all-electric vehicles while maximizing fuel savings and reducing air pollution.”

Because the City of Santa Ana maintenance work truck and the box truck share the same Ford E450 chassis, they have similar specifications. The vehicles feature 1,200Nm of torque and a top speed of 60 miles per hour. Each has a GVWR of 14,500 pounds, and a payload capacity of 7,890 for the maintenance truck and 7,600 pounds for the box truck. The on-board charger can charge the vehicles up to 50 percent within two hours and a full charge within eight hours, without the need to install costly charging equipment at the fleet depot>

In addition to the Ford E450 chassis, the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain has higher-power upfit packages available for the Ford F59 and Crane Carrier COE2 class 8 chassis. Like the E450 All-Electric Powertrain, these configurations include batteries, electric motors, universal charging compatibility, and electric power for hydraulics, heating and air conditioning units, plus brackets and cables – all of the components needed to transform a chassis from fossil-fuel-powered to zero-emission all-electric drive. The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain is professionally installed to OEM standards at the time of the vehicle’s manufacture.

Named one of Popular Science’s Best of What’s New technologies and has been successfully used in school buses, shuttle buses, delivery trucks, maintenance trucks and North America’s only all-electric refuse truck in the City of Chicago.

 

About Motiv Power Systems

Founded in 2009 and based in Foster City, CA, the award-winning Motiv Power Systems designs and builds flexible and scalable All-Electric Powertrains for commercial medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Motiv partners with existing truck builders who manufacture electric versions of their traditional fossil-fueled vehicles on their current assembly lines using the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain. Common vehicle types from these builders include work, delivery and refuse trucks, as well as school and shuttle buses. The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain is installed at the time of vehicle manufacture, similar to a natural gas or propane upfit. In 2014, Motiv All-Electric Powertrain was named one of Popular Science’s Best of What’s New technologies. For more information and career opportunities, please visit www.motivps.com and follow us on Twitter @motivps, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About California Truck Equipment Company (CTEC)

CTEC is a 40 year old family-owned company building high quality custom truck bodies. They build all kinds of service and work trucks, plumbing and electrical vans on several different chassis’. Motiv has partnered with CTEC to build electrified versions of these trucks.

 

Media Contacts:

Lisa Ann Pinkerton, Motiv Power Systems

408-806-9626

lpinkerton@technicacommunications.com

 

For Sales contact
Rick Anderson, President CTEC

562-803-4466

ctecrick@ctectruck.com

 

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MORGAN OLSON AND MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS PARTNER ON ALL-ELECTRIC DELIVERY TRUCKS - MARCH 1, 2016

Ford F59 Chassis Used for the Zero-Emission Route Star Walk-In Van on Display at the Work Truck Show, March 1-4, booth #5667.

Foster City, Calif. and Sturgis, Mich. – (March 1, 2016) – The award-winning and extremely versatile all- electric powertrain supplier for trucks and buses and North America’s leading manufacturer of walk-in vans announced today a partnership to put more all-electric delivery trucks on America’s roads. Motiv Power Systems and Morgan Olson are collaborating to provide an all-electric option for Morgan Olson’s popular “Route Star” walk-in van, built on the Ford F59 chassis. Both companies will be exhibiting at The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, March 1-4. An F59 chassis equipped with a Motiv all-electric powertrain will be on display in booth #5667.

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“We are thrilled to be working with Motiv and utilizing their all-electric powertrain technology.” said Rich Tremmel, Morgan Olson’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Many fleet managers are exploring alternative fuel solutions and finding electric to be ideal in many delivery applications.  We want Morgan Olson to be the body company of choice for these new technologies.”

The new all-electric option of the Route Star walk-in van features up to 20 percent gradeability, 85 miles of range and a 50 percent battery charge time of 2.5 hours. The design of Morgan Olson’s walk-in van bodies demonstrate a 50 percent faster delivery time over conventional delivery trucks.

The first all-electric walk-in van was recently delivered to AmeriPride Services’ Vernon, Calif. facility. Within the next year, this facility will be utilizing the all-electric Route Star walk-in van as part of a pilot program to convert 20 percent of its fleet to zero-emission all-electric trucks. AmeriPride is one of the leading textile rental services and supply company in North America.

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“It’s exciting to see leaders like Morgan Olson and AmeriPride embracing all-electric trucks in a significant way,” said Jim Castelaz, CEO of Motiv Power Systems. “Delivery trucks are central to America’s economic health and by powering them with a Motiv all-electric powertrain, fleets gain some stability in their operating budgets, independence from fossil fuels and reduction of diesel particulate pollution in the communities they serve – a powerful triple benefit.”

In addition to the F59 chassis, Motiv has upfit packages available for the Ford E450 and Crane Carrier Class 8 chassis. Configurations include all the components required to transform a chassis to zero-emission all-electric drive and are professionally installed to OEM standards at the time of the vehicle’s manufacture.

The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain was named one of Popular Science’s Best of What’s New technologies and has been successfully used in school buses, shuttle buses, delivery trucks, maintenance trucks and North America’s only all-electric refuse truck in the City of Chicago.

 

About Morgan Olson

Morgan Olson is North America’s leading producer of Walk-In vans and dry freight delivery vehicle bodies. Over the years many successful industry leading companies have chosen Morgan Olson to provide innovative delivery vehicles to get their product to their customers, on-time, every time. Today, Morgan Olson continues its tradition as the leading walk-in van body manufacturer in North America. Morgan Olson’s portfolio of customers serves a multitude of industries and delivery applications. From baking and snack foods to newspaper, textile rental, vending and parcel delivery, the industry choice of commercial truck bodies is clear…Morgan Olson quality. Morgan Olson works closely with various alternative fuel chassis manufacturers. From electric, CNG, Propane, battery-electric and hydraulic hybrid propulsion systems, Morgan Olson has built bodies on all relevant and viable alternative fuel chassis.

About Motiv Power Systems

Founded in 2009 and based in Foster City, CA, the award-winning Motiv Power Systems designs and builds flexible and scalable All-Electric Powertrains for commercial medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Motiv partners with existing truck builders who manufacture electric versions of their traditional fossil-fueled vehicles on their current assembly lines using the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain. Common vehicle types from these builders include work, delivery and refuse trucks, as well as school and shuttle buses. The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain is installed at the time of vehicle manufacture, similar to a natural gas or propane upfit. In 2014, Motiv All-Electric Powertrain was named one of Popular Science’s Best of What’s New technologies. For more information and career opportunities, please visit www.motivps.com and follow us on Twitter @motivps, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

 

 

Media Contacts: 

Lisa Ann Pinkerton, Motiv Power Systems

408-806-9626

lpinkerton@technicacommunications.com

 

Kenn Klein, Morgan Olson

269-659-0337

Kenn.Klein@morganolson.com

 

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AMERIPRIDE SERVICES RECEIVES FIRST OF 10 NEW ALL-ELECTRIC DELIVERY TRUCKS FROM MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS - FEBRUARY 16, 2016

20 Percent of Delivery Fleet at Vernon, California Facility to be Replaced by Electric Trucks .

VERNON, Calif. – (February 16, 2016) – AmeriPride Services, a leading textile rental services and supply company in North America, today announced plans to replace 20 percent of the fleet at its Vernon branch with electric delivery trucks equipped with Motiv Power Systems All-Electric Powertrains. Motiv has delivered the first of ten zero-emission step vans as a part of AmeriPride’s continuing mission to reduce its carbon footprint and be the industry leader in environmental sustainability. Area business leaders and government officials have been invited to an open house at AmeriPride’s Vernon location on February 18th at 2pm to learn about the new vehicle in person and even take a ride.

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“AmeriPride is committed to the environment and the communities where we live and work,” said Bill Evans, President and CEO of AmeriPride. “As one of the biggest operators in our industry, we are setting the standard for clean operations and continue to make improvements to our delivery operations and invest resources to test and help advance new green technologies. ”

The company’s new delivery vehicles feature up to 20 percent gradeability, 80 miles of range and a 50 percent battery charge time of 2.5 hours. Installed by Morgan Olson on a Ford F59 Chassis, the walk-in step vans are the first Motiv-powered vehicles installed on a previously-used body.

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“The F59 chassis from Ford is incredibly versatile and we’re excited to demonstrate an all-electric option with these AmeriPride trucks,” said Jim Castelaz, founder and CEO of Motiv Power Systems. “It provides a good example to the regional delivery services community that there are real things a company can do to improve regional air quality and reduce fuel costs.”

In addition to the F59 chassis, Motiv has upfit packages available for the Ford E450 and Crane Carrier COE2 Class 8 chassis. Configurations include all the components required to transform a chassis to zero-emission all-electric drive and are professionally installed to OEM standards at the time of the vehicle’s manufacture.

Motiv AmeriPride Vernon F59 Repower-3

AmeriPride chose the Vernon market for this pilot based on route density and infrastructure, financial incentives and the region’s poor air quality. The purchase of the ten all-electric walk-in vans was made possible through a grant from the California Energy Commission.

“We are extremely excited to pilot the new electric delivery trucks at our facility,” said Annette Casemero, GM of the Vernon branch. “Our first truck has been running daily routes since it was delivered in November and has been running great, with zero service incidents or calls needed. Adding electric vehicles to our fleet complements our expanding alternative fuel program and we look forward to adding additional electric vehicles to our fleet in the coming year.”


Motiv F59 AmeriPride Vernon Repower

Other initiatives the company is implementing at Vernon and other branches include propane, compressed natural gas and hybrid vehicles; trailer skirting and double-decker semi trailers; fuel efficient sedans for the service team and the installation of telematics technology and route optimization software to reduce mileage and increase efficiency. More details on AmeriPride’s efforts can be found in the company’s Corporate Responsibility Report that outlines many key initiatives it is sponsoring across the company.

AmeriPride has received recognition for its sustainability efforts, including TRSA’s ‘Clean Green’ Award, Heavy Duty Trucking’s ‘Top 50 Green Fleets’ Award, Fleet Technology Expo’s ‘Top Tier Light and Medium Duty Efficient Fleet’ Award, and ‘Sacramento Sustainable Business of the Year’ for Transportation and Air Quality by the Business and Environmental Resource Center (BERC), as well as recognition from Sacramento Area Sustainable Business, the City and County of Sacramento, the California State Senate and the US Congress. In addition, the Vernon facility received recognition from L.A. County for full compliance with wastewater discharge requirements and zero violations, and has remained in full compliance for more than five consecutive years.

The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain was named one of Popular Science’s Best of What’s New technologies and has been successfully used in school buses, shuttle buses, delivery trucks, maintenance trucks and North America’s only all-electric refuse truck in the City of Chicago.

For more details about the open house on Thursday, February 18, please contact info@motivps.com.

 

About Motiv Power Systems

Founded in 2009 and based in Foster City, CA, Motiv Power Systems designs and builds flexible and scalable All-Electric Powertrains for commercial medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Motiv partners with existing truck builders who manufacture electric versions of their traditional fossil-fueled vehicles on their current assembly lines using the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain. Common vehicle types from these builders include work, delivery and refuse trucks, as well as school and shuttle buses. The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain is installed at the time of vehicle manufacture, similar to a natural gas or propane upfit. For more information and career opportunities, please visit www.motivps.com and follow us on Twitter @motivps, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About AmeriPride

Headquartered in Minnetonka, Minn., AmeriPride Services is recognized as one of the largest textile rental and supply companies in North America. Operating more than 115 production facilities and service centers throughout the United States and Canada, the company provides linen and towels, uniforms, floor mats, restroom and cleaning products to nearly 150,000 customers through rental and purchase programs. As a true business partner, AmeriPride helps customers improve their image while keeping facilities clean and employees safe. Innovation, personalized service and a dedication to company values has sustained the private, family-owned company for more than 125 years. AmeriPride’s demonstrated commitment to customers, the community, employees and the environment has made them the People You Can Count On. Additional company information can be found at www.ameripride.com.

 

Media Contacts: 

Lisa Ann Pinkerton, Motiv Power Systems

408-806-9626

lpinkerton@technicacommunications.com

 

Ben Saukko, AmeriPride Services

(952) 738-6669

Ben.Saukko@ameripride.com

MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS AND CREATIVE BUS SALES PARTNER TO BUILD A ZERO-EMISSION ALL-ELECTRIC SCHOOL BUS - JANUARY 20, 2016

New Zero-Emission e-Quest XL to be built on Ford F59 Chassis, using Starcraft bus body.

Foster City, CA – January 20, 2016

FOSTER CITY, Calif., January 20, 2016– Continuing to demonstrate its collaborative approach to greening America’s fleets, Motiv Power Systems and Creative Bus Sales, Inc announced they will partner on a new all-electric school bus. Called the Starcraft e-Quest XL, the zero-emission school bus will use the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain, a Ford F59 chassis and Starcraft body. Features of the e-Quest XL bus include passenger capacity of up to 48, a range of up to 85 miles, 50 percent charge within 2 hours, among others.

“Developing more options for all-electric school buses offers more opportunities for school districts to reduce harmful pollutants near children who are especially vulnerable to health impacts from diesel emissions,” said Motiv founder and CEO Jim Castelaz. “We’re thrilled to be working with Creative Bus Sales to help improve conditions for students’ health, save districts on fuel costs, and support California’s environmental goals.”

Creative Bus eQuestXL-2

 Starcraft Bus is North America’s largest and fastest growing shuttle bus company. Starcraft’s top selling dealer is Creative Bus Sales, the nation’s largest bus dealership with multiple sales and service locations throughout the United States. This partnership will also allow Chino, CA based Green Alternative Systems (GAS), the largest fleet conversion company in North America, to add Motiv to its portfolio of available alternative fuel systems for fleets across the country.

“After making our mark with compressed natural gas upfits, we are thrilled to be able to collaborate with Motiv and offer an all-electric option to our customers,” said Mark Matijevich, General Manager of GAS. “Greening the nation’s fleets is not a one-size-fits-all solution; between CNG, propane and now an all-electric option, we continue to guide schools and commercial fleets towards the best options to fit their operational needs while reducing their carbon footprints.”

In addition to the Ford F59 chassis, the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain has upfit packages available for the Ford E450 and Crane Carrier COE2 class 8 chassis. Like the F59 All-Electric Powertrain, these configurations include all of the components needed to transform a chassis from fossil-fuel-powered to zero-emission all-electric drive including batteries, electric motors, a universal charger, and electric power for auxiliary systems. The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain is professionally installed to OEM standards at the time of the vehicle’s manufacture.

Named one of Popular Science’s Best of What’s New technologies, the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain has successfully been used in school buses, shuttle buses, delivery trucks, maintenance trucks and North America’s only all-electric refuse truck deployed by the City of Chicago.

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ABOUT MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS

Founded in 2009 and based in Foster City, CA, Motiv Power Systems designs and builds flexible and scalable All-Electric Powertrains for commercial medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Motiv partners with existing truck builders who manufacture electric versions of their traditional fossil-fueled vehicles on their current assembly lines using the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain. Common vehicle types from these builders include work, delivery and refuse trucks, as well as school and shuttle buses. The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain is installed at the time of vehicle manufacture, similar to a natural gas or propane upfit. For more information and career opportunities, please visit www.motivps.com and follow us on Twitter @motivps, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

ABOUT CREATIVE BUS SALES

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Creative Bus Sales is the nation’s largest bus dealership, representing over 20 top manufacturers in multiple strategic locations across the country. With hundreds of units in stock, Creative offers new and used bus sales, online parts ordering, service, warranty, in-house financing, and alternative fuel conversions, including CNG, propane and electric. Visit us at CreativeBusSales.com or on social media: Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

ABOUT GREEN ALTERNATIVE SYSTEMS

Green Alternative Systems (GAS), the largest commercial alternative fuel upfitter in North America. GAS is dedicated to designing and installing the highest quality natural gas, propane, hybrid, and electric fuel systems for the transit and fleet industries. A participant of the Ford QVM program, with an educated and well-trained team of sales and service personnel located at facilities across the country, GAS offers fuel systems for buses, trucks, and commercial vehicles. Visit us at GreenAlternativeSystems.com.

 

Media Contacts:

Technica Communications For Motiv Power Systems

Lisa Ann Pinkerton

lpinkerton@technicacommunications.com

408-806-9626

Creative Bus Sales

800.326.2877

Sales@CreativeBusSales.com

Green Alternative Systems

(877) 686-9448

Sales@GreenAlternativeSystems.com

MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS WINS $8.1 MILLION AND OPENS MANUFACTURING FACILITY TO MEET ALL-ELECTRIC TRUCK AND BUS DEMAND - MAY 27, 2015

Industry and Government Officials Celebrate the Grand Opening of The New Facility Today in Hayward, CA.

Foster City, CA – May 27, 2015

FOSTER CITY, Calif., May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Motiv Power Systems has received $8.1 million in grant funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to continue the commercialization of its award-winning All-Electric Powertrain, including a new manufacturing facility in Hayward, California that opened today. Meeting the growing demand for electric trucks and buses across the US, this facility will produce the entire suite of products included in Motiv’s All-Electric Powertrain. At full capacity, the facility will employ 20 workers and produce 480 all-electric powertrains annually.

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“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,” said Janea A. Scott lead commissioner on transportation for the California Energy Commission. “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.”

For the development of the Hayward manufacturing facility, Motiv previously received $2.4 million in funding from the CEC. Recently, the CEC awarded grants for approximately $2.7 million and $3 million to fund the production of a Class C electric school bus and electric refuse and loader trucks, respectively. In total, Motiv has received $12.3 million in funding from the CEC since its founding in 2009.

“We are deeply grateful for the CEC’s leadership and California’s grant programs. Our success is in large part due to the CEC’s continuing support of cutting-edge research and investments that help develop zero-emission vehicles,” said Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz. “Our new manufacturing facility will enable us to meet the rising demand for zero-emission vehicles from fleets seeking cost-effective and environmentally friendly transportation solutions.”

The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain Upfit Package is currently available for three truck and bus chassis: the Ford F59, the Ford E450 and Crane Carrier cabover class 8 chassis. The Upfit Package includes all of 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. It is professionally installed to OEM standards during the vehicle’s build.

Named one of Popular Science’s 2014 Best of What’s New technologies, the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain has successfully been scaled from school buses for Kings Canyon Unified School District, to shuttle buses funded by Google and the CEC, and North America’s only all-electric refuse truck deployed by the City of Chicago. These zero-emission trucks and buses have shown a reduction of total operating costs by up to 87 percent compared to diesel trucks.

ABOUT MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS

Founded in 2009 and based in Foster City, CA, Motiv Power Systems designs and builds a flexible and scalable All-Electric Powertrain for commercial medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Motiv’s suite of products works with a wide variety of batteries and motors. This flexibility allows traditional truck chassis OEMs to build electric trucks on their current diesel truck assembly lines, with minimal modifications to existing chassis designs. Motiv’s All-Electric Powertrain is available for medium and heavy duty commercial truck and bus applications, including box trucks, flatbeds, refrigerated trucks, utility/service bodies, shuttle buses, school buses, delivery vehicles and refuse trucks. For more, please visit www.motivps.com.

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MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS LAUNCHES ALL-ELECTRIC OPTION FOR FORD F59 STRIPPED CHASSIS FOR ELECTRIC TRUCKS, BUSES AND VANS - MARCH 2, 2015

AmeriPride places the first order for the F59 chassis with Motiv All-Electric Powertrain, one of which will be on display at The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, March 4-6, 2015.

Foster City, CA – March 2, 2015

The award-winning Motiv Power Systems is expanding its chassis choices with the launch of its All-Electric Powertrain on the Ford F59 commercial stripped chassis. AmeriPride has selected this zero-emission F59 option from Motiv for six walk-in vans to be utilized in Fresno, CA. The new electrified F59 has up to 100 mile range, a GVWR of 22,000 pounds, and a three year/36,000 mile warranty for both the Motiv powertrain and Ford chassis. Zero-emission trucks and buses equipped with the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain have shown a reduction of total operating costs by up to 87 percent compared to diesel trucks. The new electrified F59 option will be on display at NTEA’s The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, March 4-6, at booth #501.

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“AmeriPride is once again demonstrating their leadership in advancing cost-effective zero-emission vehicles, by placing an order to put cutting edge vehicle technologies on the road” said Motiv Founder and CEO, Jim Castelaz. “Today, the vast majority of trucks and buses are completely dependent on fossil fuel. Combine this with unpredictability of fuel prices and increasing health concerns over toxic emissions and their contribution to climate change and it’s clear that a shift is needed. We look forward to demonstrating that these zero-emission electric trucks are just as reliable and durable as diesel ones, with much lower total cost of ownership.”

The F59 is the latest chassis available with the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain, which has demonstrated itself as a robust, functional electric solution on the Ford E450 and the heavy-duty Crane Carrier COE2 chassis. The F59 chassis is frequently used in the assembly of walk-in vans and step vans, which can be used as delivery trucks, refrigerated trucks, food trucks, and tool trucks.

The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain includes the Motiv electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS), batteries, motor, charger, heating, air conditioning and other components. It is installed via ship-through and requires minimal modification to the body and final vehicle design while maintaining performance. It includes universal charging compatibility and secure remote telematics and diagnostics.

Motiv’s announcement to expand the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain to the F59 Chassis follows on the heels of other recent milestone achievements by Motiv including a 2014 Best of What’s New award by Popular Science magazine in the Green Technology category; four all-electric Mountain View Community Shuttles funded by Google and the California Energy Commission; North America’s first all-electric refuse truck deployed by the City of Chicago; and the first production model all-electric school bus in the US in use at Kings Canyon Unified School District.

About Motiv Power Systems

Founded in 2009 and based in Foster City, CA, Motiv Power Systems designs and builds an electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) and All-electric Powertrain for commercial truck and bus chassis used in all-electric versions of vehicles such as box trucks, flat-bed trucks, refrigerated trucks, utility/service trucks, shuttle buses, school buses, delivery vehicles and refuse trucks. In 2014, Motiv was awarded a Best of What’s New Award by Popular Science, and named one of the Fastest Growing Companies in America by Inc Magazine, and the Silicon Valley Business Journal. For more information, please visit www.motivps.com.

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MOTIV ELECTRIC BUS TECHNOLOGY POWERS MOUNTAIN VIEW COMMUNITY SHUTTLE BUSES - JANUARY 13, 2015

Free shuttles to ease traffic congestion and increase transportation options in Mountain View, California.

Foster City, CA – January 13, 2015

 

Four new all electric community shuttle buses, funded by Google in a two year pilot project, are on the road in Mountain View, California. Known as the Mountain View Community Shuttles, the white and blue buses use modular, plug and play electric powertrain technology from Motiv Power Systems. The Motiv electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) is the only product suite in the industry that electrifies truck or bus chassis as a ship-though option, using a variety of commercially-available battery packs and motors.

“We’re happy to be working with Motiv and the City of Mountain View on the new electric community shuttles,” said Meghan Casserly, Google spokesperson. “We hope the shuttle system makes getting around a little easier–and greener–for all of our neighbors.”

The Mountain View Community Shuttle service is aimed at moving residents and visitors through the City between neighborhoods, shopping centers, medical complexes, City facilities and recreation areas. The four electric shuttles are free to the public and are equipped with seating for 16 passengers, a wheelchair lift, space for two wheelchairs, WiFi connectivity and bicycle racks on the outside of the vehicle. The free shuttles are being made available to help residents and visitors access recreational areas. City officials hope the service will reduce drive-alone traffic, as well as help residents get around town in a loop route.

“With these four buses, thousands of residents will get to experience firsthand what an electric bus can offer,” said Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz. “These buses demonstrate we don’t need to design new vehicles from the ground up to break their reliance on fossil fuel and offer zero-emission vehicle options.”

While the costs of the two year pilot program are supported by Google, the electrification of the shuttles was made possible through funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC). CEC grants allowed the bus and service dealer, ABC Companies to purchase the batteries, as well as the electric powertrains, and provide Google zero emission shuttles for the same cost as their fossil fuel counterparts.

“We’ve been watching the development of electric buses over the past few years,” said Jon Savitz, Senior Vice President, Business Development of ABC Companies. “Google’s commitment to clean, efficient transportation and their companywide culture of promoting new technologies, gave ABC’s Ameritrans subsidiary an opportunity to apply Motiv’s fully electric drive system to their shuttle vehicles. The Mountain View Community shuttles are the perfect showcase to apply this technology to our buses, and bring cleaner public transpiration to the residents and visitors of the city.”

The Mountain View Community Shuttles feature a Ford E450 chassis, the Motiv ePCS and an Ameritrans 285 shuttle bus body. With these shuttles, the Motiv ePCS, battery packs, and a motor were installed to replace the engine and transmission of a new incomplete chassis in a ship-through modification. This process, common in the truck and bus industry, is similar to a Compressed Natural Gas ship-through modification and allows for minimal changes between the fossil fuel and electric versions of the final vehicle. Existing truck and bus builders who already use incomplete chassis can use the Motiv ePCS product suite to build and sell electric versions of their existing truck and bus models.

In 2014, Motiv was the first electric truck and bus company in the US to release a production model all-electric school bus and the first in North America to release an all-electric garbage truck.

For more information on shuttle routes, schedules, operations and, in the near future, a ride tracker to show where the shuttles are on their route, visit MVCommunityShuttle.com or call the hotline at (855) 730-RIDE (7433).

About Motiv Power Systems

Founded in 2009 and based in Foster City, CA, Motiv Power Systems designs and builds an electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) for commercial truck and bus builders who use it to create all-electric versions of vehicles such as box trucks, flat-take-bed trucks, refrigerated trucks, utility/service trucks, shuttle buses, school buses, delivery vehicles and refuse trucks. For more information, please visit www.motivps.com.

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FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC GARBAGE TRUCK IN NORTH AMERICA, DEVELOPED BY MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS, HITS THE ROAD IN CHICAGO – SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
TEST RIDES FOR THE PUBLIC AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME AT HTUF CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

Foster City, CA – September 16, 2014The 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.

“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.”

To supply Chicago with North America’s first all-electric garbage truck, Motiv Power Systems won the competitive contract in 2012, against two other companies in the semi-final round. Motiv has emerged as the leader in electric trucks with its scalable ePCS, and 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, 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 to the City of Chicago.

“While Motiv did not have an ERV at that time, our ePCS was installed on other truck types, and we leapt at the chance to use the ePCS on a significantly larger truck,” said Motiv Founder and CEO Jim Castelaz. “The Motiv ePCS’s flexibility allows it to run on electric trucks as diverse as a Type A school bus to this ERV without costly powertrain redesigns.”

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.

“Besides dramatically lower fuel and maintenance cost, value of the ERV goes beyond strict payback,” said Castelaz. “Each truck offsets over 55 barrels of petroleum and 23 tons of carbon dioxide each year. Plus, no one wants large, noisy truck engines idling next to their house at 6 am when they could have clean, and quieter ERV’s keeping the morning peace instead.”

This ERV was built using a Loadmaster 20 cubic yard rear loader body – the exact same model of body used on other City of Chicago refuse trucks. The chassis, manufactured by Crane Carrier, was furnished by Cumberland Servicenter.

“By developing our electric trucks in collaboration with existing diesel truck manufacturers, we build vehicles that are just as tough and capable as the diesel versions these partners build,” said John Knudtson, VP Business Development at Motiv. “We are leveraging the expertise of existing truck manufacturers. They can offer electric options of their existing trucks, to their existing customers, and service them with their existing infrastructure. The Chicago ERV is illustrative of this unique business model and is applicable throughout the US in many different truck segments.”

About Motiv Power Systems

Founded in 2009 and based in Foster City, CA, Motiv Power Systems designs and builds electric Powertrain Control Systems (ePCS) for the commercial transportation industry. Truck and bus builders use the ePCS to create all-electric versions of existing vehicles types, such as box trucks, flat-/stake-bed trucks, refrigerated trucks, utility/service trucks, shuttle buses, school buses, delivery vehicles and refuse trucks. For more information, please visit www.motivps.com

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MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS RAISES $7.3 MILLION FOR ELECTRIC TRUCK POWERTRAIN PRODUCTION – JUNE 30, 2014
MAGNESS INVESTMENT GROUP LEADS THE FINANCING TO SUPPORT MOTIV'S GROWING SALES PIPELINE AND EXPAND PRODUCTION

Foster City, CA – The electric truck leader and top supplier of control systems to the growing electric truck market, Motiv Power Systems, raised $7.3 million in growth capital from investors led by Colorado’s Magness Investment Group. The funding comes as the second Motiv-equipped all-electric school bus is delivered to Kings Canyon Unified School District.

“Motiv has cracked the code on electric trucks,” said Gary Magness, Manager of the Magness Investment Group. “We are impressed with how Motiv’s approach leverages the existing truck and bus builder ecosystem to achieve scalability. I’m pleased to be a part of this revolution in trucking that brings environmental sustainability and significant fuel savings to an industry that’s the backbone of our economy.”

The Motiv electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) is unique in the industry as a single product suite that can electrify any truck or bus chassis with a variety of commercially-available battery packs and motors. The Motiv ePCS, battery packs and motor are installed to replace the engine and transmission of a new incomplete chassis such as the Ford E450 in a ship-through modification.  This process, common in the truck industry, is similar to a Compressed Natural Gas ship-through modification and means minimal changes between the fossil fuel and electric versions of the final vehicle.  Existing truck and bus builders who already use these incomplete chassis can build and sell electric versions of their existing truck and bus models.

“It’s an honor to have the support of an investor like Mr. Magness,” said Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz.  “Not only does he see the potential in the market we are addressing, he understands our approach and believes in our vision of breaking the complete dependence trucks and buses currently have on fossil fuel.”

About Motiv Power Systems

Founded in 2009 and based in Foster City, CA, Motiv Power Systems designs and builds an electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) for commercial truck and bus builders who use it to create all-electric versions of vehicles such as box trucks, flat-/stake-bed trucks, refrigerated trucks, utility/service trucks, shuttle buses, school buses, delivery vehicles and refuse trucks.

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FINALISTS FOR AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY AWARDS ANNOUNCED – APRIL 9, 2014
TECHAMERICA FOUNDATION RECOGNIZES TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS & SERVICES IN 15 CATEGORIES INCLUDING BIG DATA AND CLOUD

Washington, DC – The TechAmerica Foundation today announced the finalists for the 2014 American Technology Awards (ATAs) in 15 categories from over 100 outstanding entries. The ATA’s represent outstanding achievement and are the only “Best of” national award in the United States tech sector.

“The nominations for the 2014 American Technology Awards were outstanding. The amazing innovations and advancement in technology that each of the finalists represent is a true testament to the quality of our industry in this country,” said Shawn Osborne, Chairman of the TechAmerica Foundation. “We congratulate all the finalists for this prestigious award and applaud an industry that continues to out-do itself every year.”

Awards are given out in the categories of Advanced Manufacturing/Technology Manufacturing; Aerospace & Defense; Big Data; Clean Tech/Green Tech; Cloud Computing/Software as a Service; Consumer Electronics/Computers & Peripherals; Cybersecurity; Health & Medical Technologies; Internet Services, E-Commerce & Mobility;  IT Services & Consulting; Semiconductors & Electronic Components; Server & Storage Technology; Smart Grid & Smart Instruments; Software; and Telecommunications.

In an effort to ensure that these cutting edge products receive the attention they deserve, the TechAmerica Foundation will be presenting the products and announcing the winners at a first-ever showcase and awards ceremony at 1776, D.C.’s premier tech startup. The event, being held May 20, brings together tech innovators, policy makers and investors.

During the showcase, the Breakthrough Technology of the Year will be chosen, which will then be honored at the prestigiousTechnology and Government dinner in June. Each finalist was chosen on the basis of a thorough evaluation by industry and technology experts and is considered for the Breakthrough Technology of the Year.

And the finalists are:

Advanced Manufacturing/Technology Manufacturing

  • Arena Solutions – Arena PLM
  • Arena Solutions – Arena Exchange
  • Quintiq – Supply Chain Planning and Optimization

Aerospace & Defense

  • BAE Systems – Advanced Analytics Framework

Big Data Applications

  • Cloudera – Cloudera Enterprise
  • Platfora – Platfora Big Data Analytics
  • Prism Skylabs – Prism Skylabs

Clean Tech/Green Tech

  • Motiv Power Systems – Powertrain Control System
  • Solar Reserve – Concentrating Solar Power
  • MicroPower Technologies – Helios Surveillance System

Cloud Computing/Software as a Service

  • Calabrio – Calabrio Speech Analytics
  • Connectloud – uCloud Platform
  • Red Hat – OpenShift

Consumer Electronics/Computers and Peripherals

  • Logitech – FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air
  • Panasonic – Panasonic Toughpad 4K Tablet
  • SOL REPUBLIC – SOL REPUBLIC DECK

Cybersecurity

  • APCON Inc. – IntellaFlex Intelligent Network Monitoring Switch
  • Dell Software – Dell™ SonicWALL™ SuperMassive™ E10800
  • Unisys – Unisys Stealth

Health & Medical Technologies

  • Olympus – ENDOEYE FLEX 3D Articulating Videoscope
  • Medtronic – Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor
  • Olympus – THUNDERBEAT

Internet Services, E-Commerce & Mobility

  • Infor – Infor Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Mobile
  • Vee24 – VeeStudio
  • Virginia Information Technologies – Virginia electronic Health and Human Resources (eHHR)

IT Services & Consulting

  • BAE Systems – Virtual Desktop Solution (VDS)
  • Phacil – Cloud-Based Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) Enterprise Service Desk (ESD)
  • SRA International – AcuITy Insightful Solutions

Semiconductors & Electronic Components

  • Cascade Microtech, Inc. – APS200TESLA

Server & Storage Technology

  • Nexenta Systems – NexentaStor
  • RR Donnelley – Venue
  • Seagate Technology – Seagate Kinetic Open Storage Platform

Smart Grid & Smart Instruments

  • Open Access Technology International, Inc. – OATI GridControl™
  • Silver Spring Networks – Silver Spring Networks’ Smart Street Lights Solution

Software

  • Cognizant Technology Solutions – Cognizant Media Search Platform
  • Dell – Dell KACETM K2000 Systems Deployment Appliance
  • HP – HP Velocity

Telecommunications

  • AT&T – AT&T Small Cells and HetNet Analysis and Resource Planning tool (HARP)
  • MRV Communications – OptiDriver
  • Radisys – MPH6 Media Processing Card

SOURCE  TechAmerica Foundation

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AMERICA’S ONLY ALL-ELECTRIC SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTS STUDENTS, SAVING CALIFORNIA SCHOOL DISTRICT OVER $10,000 A YEAR IN FUEL AND MAINTENANCE – MARCH 3, 2014

FOSTER CITY, Calif., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Kings Canyon Unified School District (KCUSD), in California’s San Joaquin Valley, leads the nation as the only school district using an all-electric school bus to transport students. KCUSD ordered four buses from Trans Tech Bus, featuring electric powertrains fromMotiv Power Systems. The new electric school bus passed all KCUSD and California Highway Patrol inspections and certifications, making it the first modern electric bus to be approved for student transportation by any state.

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The new electric bus is expected to save KCUSD over $10,000 a year in fuel and maintenance costs. Called the SST-e, this electric version of Trans Tech’s popular SST model was unveiled in October 2013 and delivered last month. The SST-e utilizes a Ford E450 cutaway chassis equipped with a Motiv electric powertrain.  Motiv will feature an electric E450 cutaway chassis at The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN March 5-7, at booth # 633.

“KCUSD has taken major strides to reduce diesel particulate emissions by as much as 85 percent” said Jason Flores, Transportation Director for KCUSD. “Going electric with these new green school buses is just one more important step in KCUSD’s ongoing portfolio of measures to protect our children, serve our community, and be good stewards of our environment. We hope other school districts will follow our lead to protect children from diesel particulates and protect themselves from rising diesel costs.”

Motiv’s electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) is the only solution in the truck and bus market to make medium- to heavy-duty vehicles all-electric with a variety of commercially-available batteries and motors. The Motiv ePCS is installed on the E450 chassis and other chassis types, as a ship-through modification similar to a Compressed Natural Gas up-fit. This enables minimal changes between the fossil fuel and electric versions of the vehicles.

“In this way, we are answering the call of the transportation industry to build reliable EV’s that fit seamlessly into the existing truck and bus manufacturing and service infrastructure,” said Jim Castelaz, Founder and CEO of Motiv Power Systems. “We are absolutely thrilled to see this school bus transporting students without exposing them to diesel exhaust. I hope that by the time my daughter is old enough to go to school clean, zero-emission school buses like this one will be the industry standard.”

The first SST-e buses are partially funded by the AB 118 Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) administered by the California Air Resources Board. Funding support for the electric school buses was provided through AQIP’s Advanced Technology Demonstration Project and the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP).  Voucher incentive funding is available through HVIP to any California school district for offsetting the cost of these zero-emission buses. Similar programs are in place in New York City and Chicago.  When the fuel cost savings are combined with vehicle financing, these school buses are available at or below the cost of conventional buses.

“I’m proud of the accomplishment that Motiv and TransTech has made in forwarding our electric drive effort into the School Bus industry,” said John Corr, a member of the investment group that owns Trans Tech Bus.

The Trans Tech/Motiv SST-e school bus is available with 80 or 100 miles of range and holds 25 students or 18 students with a wheelchair lift and configurable track seating for up to 3 wheelchairs.

ABOUT MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS

Founded in 2009 and based in Foster City, CA, Motiv Power Systems designs and builds a flexible electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) for the commercial truck, bus and refuse industries.  Motiv’s ePCS works with a wide variety of batteries and motors. This flexibility allows traditional truck chassis OEMs to assemble electric trucks on their current diesel truck assembly lines. Motiv’s ePCS is available for medium and heavy duty commercial truck applications including box trucks, flat/stake beds, refrigerated trucks, utility/service bodies, shuttle buses, delivery vehicles and refuse trucks.

Media Inquiries: 
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TRANSTECH BUS AND MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS PARTNER ON NEW ALL-ELECTRIC SCHOOL BUS - OCTOBER 22, 2013

TRANSTECH BUS AND MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS PARTNER ON NEW ALL-ELECTRIC SCHOOL BUS

Type A electric (EV) school buses to reduce fuel and maintenance costs for school districts, while decreasing regional diesel particulate emissions

Foster City, CA, October 22, 2013- New all-electric Type A school buses will hit the road in 2014, due to a collaboration between Trans Tech Bus, and Motiv Power Systems. Called the SST-e, the first all-electric school bus developed in the partnership will go to Kings Canyon Unified School District, in the San Joaquin Valley of California. The bus is funded in part by the California Air Resources Board AB 118 Air Quality Improvement Program Electric School Bus Demonstration Project. The new SST-e bus will be revealed today at the 2013 National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) Annual Summit in Grand Rapids, MI booth # 129.

The buses are built on Ford E450 chassis, utilizing the all-battery, all-chassis compatible Motiv electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS).The ePCS is installed as a Ford ship-through chassis modification similar to a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) modification, enabling minimal changes between the fossil fuel and electric versions of the school buses. Passenger capacity for the Trans Tech/Motiv SST-e all-electric school buses is up to 32 students for this Type A bus, or 24 students and 1 wheelchair.

“An electric bus can save a school district about 16 gallons of fuel a day, or around $11,000 in fuel savings over a year, not to mention maintenance savings,” said John Phraner President of TransTech. “We are very excited to continue to help school districts reduce their transportation budgets and are committed to opening the market for the all-electric school bus.”

The SST-e buses are built on Ford E450 chassis, using the Motiv ePCS, which is compatible with a wide variety of chassis and batteries. The ePCS allows buses to be compatible with any battery currently on the market or available in the future. Additionally, one pack can be replaced without replacing all the batteries on the vehicle. The new all-electric SST-e school buses are available with four or five battery packs, providing districts with range options of 80 or 100 miles.

With Motiv’s onboard fast charging technology the buses can reach 50 percent charge in under an hour and full charge in 8 hours. Motiv’s low-cost 3-phase fast charging, requires minimal building modifications and no expensive charging stations. The buses are also equipped with telemetry systems, providing real-time route data and preventive maintenance reports to fleet managers. The cloud stored data can be viewed on the web and on smart phones, helping them manage improved driver performance and safety management.

“Our system is battery agnostic, it ‘future-proofs’ fleets against changes in the battery market, such as discontinued batteries or future improved technology,” said Jim Castelaz Founder and CEO of Motiv. “This makes a Motiv equipped bus the most flexible and customizable all-electric powertrain for trucks on the market. We are thrilled the ePCS will be assisting schools get the most out of their transportation dollars, while at the same time educating children on clean transportation.”

ABOUT TRANS TECH BUS

Trans Tech Bus (www.transtechbus.com) is a manufacturer of industry-leading conventional and environmentally-friendly type A school buses. Offering single and dual wheel models, Trans Tech Bus is known for its innovative and fuel efficient conversion designs. With a wide array of versatile floor plans, the company is able to meet ever-changing customer demand. Trans Tech Bus is a division of Transportation Collaborative Incorporated located near the New York metropolitan area in Warwick, NY and New York’s only school bus manufacturer.

ABOUT MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS

Founded in 2009 and based in Foster City, CA, Motiv Power Systems designs and builds a flexible electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) for the commercial truck, bus and refuse industries.  Motiv’s ePCS works with a wide variety of batteries and motors. This flexibility allows traditional truck chassis OEMs to assemble electric trucks on their current diesel truck assembly lines. Motiv’s ePCS is available for medium and heavy duty commercial truck applications including box trucks, flat/stake beds, refrigerated trucks, utility/service bodies, shuttle buses, delivery vehicles and refuse trucks.

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MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES SUPPLIER PARTNERS IN ALL-ELECTRIC GARBAGE TRUCK CONTRACT WITH CITY OF CHICAGO - MARCH 4, 2013

MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES SUPPLIER PARTNERS IN ALL-ELECTRIC GARBAGE TRUCK CONTRACT WITH CITY OF CHICAGO

Local Chicago dealers for Loadmaster and Crane Carrier providing Class 8 refuse truck components

March 4, 2013 – Foster City, CA – Ramping up the development of what is expected to be the first US all-electric Class 8 refuse truck, Motiv Power Systems has announced some of its vendor partners on the project.  The garbage truck body will be a Loadmaster 20 cubic yard Excel-S series, provided by RNOW Inc under municipal contract with the City of Chicago.  The chassis, manufactured by Crane Carrier, will be furnished by Cumberland Service Center another City of Chicago contracted dealer. Last November, Motiv was granted a contract up to $13.4 million to provide up to 20 EV refuse trucks for the City of Chicago. The scalability and flexibility of the Motiv electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) made the company the most cost-effective choice for the exclusive 5-year contract.

Currently the only technology of its kind in the trucking market, the ePCS uses off-the-shelf batteries and motors, which can be mixed and matched to fit the exact size and duty cycle of the electric truck needed. The ePCS can handle EV trucks from medium-duty to heavy-duty, weighing 15,000 lbs to 52,000 lbs. Research suggests the ePCS design approach cuts operating costs by 50 percent over an eight-year period. With its medium-duty pilot shuttle, Motiv reduced operating cost from 80 cents per mile ($0.80/mi) to 10 cents per mile ($0.10/mi).

“Motiv’s approach to the refuse market is the same as in other medium and heavy-duty vehicle markets where we have worked before; find the best, most knowledgeable partners and build a team and product based on our combined expertise at a lower cost,” said Jim Castelaz, CEO of Motiv Power Systems.  “These partners enable us to deliver a vehicle to Chicago that is not a science project, but instead consists of industry-standard components with strong, experienced suppliers standing behind every aspect of the vehicle.”

ABOUT MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS

Founded in 2009, Motiv Power Systems designs and builds a flexible electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) for the commercial truck, bus and refuse industries.  Motiv’s ePCS works with a wide variety of batteries and motors. This flexibility allows traditional truck chassis OEMs to assemble electric trucks on their current diesel truck assembly lines. Electric trucks equipped with Motiv’s ePCS can offer up to 100 miles range depending on the configuration. Research shows electric trucks equipped with the Motiv ePCS hold a total cost of ownership 50% less than comparable diesel trucks over an 8 year period.  Motiv’s ePCS is available for medium and heavy duty commercial truck applications including box trucks, flat/stake beds, refrigerated trucks, utility/service bodies,  shuttle buses, delivery vehicles and refuse trucks.  Motiv is located in Foster City, CA.

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MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS SECURES $1.16 MILLION CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION GRANT, DEMOS NEW BATTERY-ELECTRIC TRUCK AT WORK TRUCK SHOW IN INDIANAPOLIS - FEBRUARY 28, 2012

MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS SECURES $1.16 MILLION CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION GRANT, DEMOS NEW BATTERY-ELECTRIC TRUCK AT WORK TRUCK SHOW IN INDIANAPOLIS

Motiv electric truck utilizes traditional diesel truck assembly line infrastructure to accelerate EV adoption

San Francisco, CA – February 28, 2012– Motiv Power Systems, an innovator in electric vehicle (EV) powertrains for commercial trucks announced today theCalifornia Energy Commission (CEC) granted the company $1.16 million for an assembly line pilot run of four electric truck chassis in partnership with Detroit Chassis, LLC.  The grant will further validate Motiv’s Electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS), which provides a 100-mile range and whose total cost of ownership is  approximately 50% less than a diesel powertrain over an 8 year period.  The company’s new demonstration shuttle bus will be available for test drives at the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive event at the Work Truck Show and Green Truck Summit, March 6-9 in Indianapolis, IN (booth #5666).

“A ‘mix and match’ design is the future of the electric truck and we are thrilled to show the commercial trucking industry how ours works,” said Jim Castelaz, Founder and CEO of Motiv Power Systems.  “Our ePCS design accommodates a wide variety of off-the-shelf batteries and components, allowing EV designers and truck chassis builders the flexibility to combine various components to meet a range of specifications without designing a new powertrain from scratch.”

Rather than offer a single electric truck model with limited component selection, Motiv’s ePCS works with a wide range of batteries and motors.  This flexibility allows fleets to choose their battery vendors as well as vehicle range and power. Through its intelligent software control algorithms, Motiv’s ePCS actively manages power flow between all electrical components in the vehicle.  It also captures and wirelessly broadcasts data to the Motiv “cloud” for monitoring and analysis.  Factors such as battery charge, vehicle status and health provide detailed real-time analytics to support fleet operators in preventive service maintenance.

“Vehicle fleet owners view electric vehicles as a way to reduce both their carbon emissions and their operating cost,” said John Formisano, Motiv Advisory Board Member and Chairman of CALSTART, a member supported organization dedicated to supporting a growing high-tech, clean transportation industry.  “High capital costs are often cited as the barrier to EV adoption. 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.”

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Motiv on their electric truck chassis”, said Michael Guthrie, CEO and President of Detroit Chassis. “Motiv’s approach enables chassis builders to incorporate electric trucks into their portfolio and integrate them into their current assembly processes.”

ABOUT MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS

Founded in 2009, Motiv Power Systems designs and builds a flexible electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) for the commercial electric truck.  Motiv’s ePCS works with a wide variety of batteries and motors.  This flexibility allows traditional truck chassis builders to assemble custom electric chassis on their current diesel truck assembly lines. Electric trucks equipped with Motiv’s ePCS can offer over 100 miles range and a total cost of ownership 50% less than a diesel truck over an 8 year period.  Motiv’s ePCS is available for commercial trucks, shuttle buses and delivery vehicles.

ABOUT DETROIT CHASSIS

Detroit Chassis, LLC is a subsidiary of Spectra LLC, a concept to customer provider of niche vehicle manufacturing solutions owned by Michael and Carlton Guthrie.  Spectra also owns Magnys LLC, a provider of process and manufacturing engineering services, and Detroit Custom Chassis, a low floor shuttle and transit  bus chassis builder.

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MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS RUNS ALL-ELECTRIC BUS ON TWO SEPARATE BATTERY TYPES - SEPTEMBER 12, 2012

MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS RUNS ALL-ELECTRIC BUS ON TWO SEPARATE BATTERY TYPES

$0.10/mile operating cost and other all-electric bus data to be presented at HTUF 2012 in Charlotte, NC booth #516

Foster City, CA – September 12, 2012 – Over the past six months, Motiv Power Systems has successfully run its demo all-electric bus on two different off-the-shelf battery types, demonstrating the universal battery compatibility of its electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS).  This EV innovation reduces both time and expense in the design of new EV trucks and buses. The bus clocked up to 125 miles on a single charge, with operating costs at $0.10/mile, 83% less than an equivalent diesel vehicle.  By using modular hardware and software reconfiguration, the ePCS eliminates time and cost related to engineering and testing for different battery configurations, making the ePCS a battery agnostic technology for any EV truck or bus.

Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz will present the full set of findings at HTUF 2012 the Hybrid, Electric and Advanced Truck Users Forum in Charlotte, NC on September 18 (1:30–3:00 PM).  Motiv will display the all-electric demo bus in booth #516 September 18-19, and in the HTUF Ride and Drive on September 20.

Data to be presented at this session was acquired by the Motiv ePCS, using Motiv’s Android-based Remote Telemetry System (RTS).  This RTS is unique to the industry as it provides real-time, secure, wireless data connectivity of the shuttle bus with the Motiv cloud.  The RTS monitors operations such as performance, battery charge, route, component health and vehicle status to provide detailed analytics to fleet operators for predictive maintenance and service.

“We are thrilled to show the EV truck industry this next generation of electric trucks and buses,” said Castelaz.  “The Motiv demo bus is the first all-electric vehicle to feature this level of detail in real-time monitoring, as well as function with two different sets of batteries in a single powertrain.  This demonstrates the mix-and-match component feature of the ePCS and allows for battery sets to be compared in real world environments.”

Rather than offer a single electric truck model with limited component selection, the Motiv ePCS works with a wide range of batteries, motors, and chassis.  This flexibility allows fleets to choose their battery vendors, as well as vehicle range and power.  Through its intelligent software control algorithms, Motiv’s ePCS actively manages power flow between all electrical components in the vehicle.

“Our system takes the risk out of going electric for your medium-duty truck fleet,” said Castelaz.  “It’s a system that supports the current diesel truck chassis OEM’s ecosystem.  Fleets are free to spec the exact type of vehicle they want and work with their trusted chassis vendors.”

The Motiv demo bus was built for Bauer Transportation under an award from the California Energy Commission.

ABOUT MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS

Founded in 2009, Motiv Power Systems designs and builds a flexible electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) for the commercial truck and bus industries.  Motiv’s ePCS works with a wide variety of batteries and motors. This flexibility allows traditional truck chassis OEMs to assemble electric trucks on their current diesel truck assembly lines. Electric trucks equipped with Motiv’s ePCS can offer over 100 miles range and a total cost of ownership 50% less than a diesel truck over an 8 year period.  Motiv’s ePCS is available for commercial trucks, shuttle buses and delivery vehicles.  Motiv is located in Foster City, CA.

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CHICAGO AWARDS UP TO $13.4 MILLION ELECTRIC (EV) GARBAGE TRUCK CONTRACT TO MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS - NOVEMBER 19, 2012

CHICAGO AWARDS UP TO $13.4 MILLION ELECTRIC (EV) GARBAGE TRUCK CONTRACT TO MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS

Slated to be the heaviest electric trucks in the US, the up to 20 class-eight EV refuse trucks will weigh 52,000 lbs, with a range of 60 miles (200kWh)

November 19, 2012 – Foster City, CA- Chicago city streets are set to be the first in the nation with all-electric, zero-emission garbage trucks thanks to the up to$13.4 million contract granted the San Francisco Bay Area startup Motiv Power Systems.  The scalability and flexibility of the Motiv electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) made the company the most cost-effective choice for the exclusive 5-year contract.  Currently the only technology of its kind in the trucking market, the ePCS uses off-the-shelf batteries and motors, which can be mixed and matched to fit the exact size of the electric truck needed.  The ePCS can handle EV trucks from medium-duty to Class 8 heavy-duty, weighing 15,000 lbs-52,000 lbs.  Research suggests the ePCS design approach cuts operating costs by 50 percent over an eight-year period.  With its medium-duty pilot shuttle, Motiv reduced operating cost from 80 cents per mile ($0.80/mi) to 10 cents per mile ($0.10/mi).

“We are thrilled that Chicago is driving the push for electric refuse trucks, and that our ePCS can be employed to create these revolutionary vehicles,” said Shyam Nagrani, VP of Business Development and Marketing for Motiv.  “Our ePCS can do what no other EV truck system can do, scale up and down to meet the exact needs of any fleet using a conventional chassis.  These EV refuse trucks will provide the streets of Chicago with quiet, emissions-free garbage pick-up, without submitting residents to excessive diesel pollution or loud noise.  Who wants to be woken up at 5 AM by an idling garbage truck?”

In total, the City of Chicago has 600 garbage trucks in operation.  Recently at the 2012 High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum, Chicago said it evaluated the option of hybrid and  compressed natural gas (CNG) refuse trucks before requesting bids for the 20 EV refuse trucks.  The city ultimately found that its garbage routes did not enable hybrid or CNG vehicles to be financially viable, and turned to the all-electric option to meet its needs.  The city confirmed this analysis by placing a hybrid garbage truck into service.

Motiv 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 5 battery packs (125 kWh) which can provide a range of over 120 miles on a single charge.

The Motiv EV refuse trucks planned for Chicago will use the same ePCS system as the pilot bus, but include a larger motor, and 10 battery packs.  The EV garbage trucks will also use an electric motor to drive the hydraulics system.  The EV refuse trucks will weigh 52,000 lbs and have a range of more than 60 miles, with a total energy storage of 200 kWh.

“Scaling up from the medium-duty pilot bus to the Class 8 garbage truck is really just a matter of switching out components and re-packaging it onto the new chassis,” said Jim Castelaz, CEO of Motiv. “We’ve designed the whole system to be compatible with any off-the-shelf motors and batteries, which are brought to a uniform operating standard by our software.  If Chicago ever wants newer batteries, the old ones can be easily swapped out.”

The Motiv ePCS is designed to be assembled by the existing diesel chassis infrastructure already established throughout the world.  Motiv will work with its partner,  Detroit Chassis, to install the ePCS on to a standard refuse chassis.  Loadmaster will provide the truck bodies.

ABOUT MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS

Founded in 2009, Motiv Power Systems designs and builds a flexible electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) for the commercial truck and bus industries.  Motiv’s ePCS works with a wide variety of batteries and motors.  This flexibility allows traditional truck chassis OEMs to assemble electric trucks on their current diesel truck assembly lines. Electric trucks equipped with Motiv’s ePCS can offer over 100 miles range and a total cost of ownership 50% less than a diesel truck over an 8 year period.  Motiv’s ePCS is available for commercial trucks, shuttle buses and delivery vehicles.  Motiv is located in Foster City, CA.

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DOW KOKAM, MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS PARTNER FOR FULLY ELECTRIC SHUTTLE BUS IN SAN FRANCISCO REGION - MARCH 8, 2011

DOW KOKAM, MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS PARTNER FOR FULLY ELECTRIC SHUTTLE BUS IN SAN FRANCISCO REGION

Dow Kokam to Provide Advanced Battery Solutions for Class 4 Diesel-to-Electric Conversion, Expected to Save 40,000 Gallons of Diesel Fuel Over Eight Year Lifetime

Indianapolis, IN – March 8, 2011 – Dow Kokam, a leading large-format battery system producer, announced today a new supply agreement with Motiv Power Systems, an electric drive power control system provider, to develop advanced lithium-ion battery systems to convert a Class 4, Ford E-450 diesel chassis to a completely electric system for a passenger shuttle bus. Funded in part by the California Energy Commission, the 20-passenger, fully electric shuttle bus will have a 100 mile range and will operate daily in the San Francisco region.  Over eight years, the electric bus is expected to save 40,000 gallons of diesel fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 435 tons.

“Dow Kokam’s proven advanced battery technology provides the best thermal management available, which greatly enhances the lifetime of the battery system and makes electrification a true long-term investment for vehicle operators,” said Jim Castelaz, CEO of Motiv. “This project further demonstrates our ability to provide plug-and-play conversion capabilities to fleets, enabling the use of familiar vehicle frames and providing real solutions for fleet operators to achieve the full benefits of electrification.”

Dow Kokam is providing large-format cells, packs and technical experience to Motiv, who has developed a universal powertrain platform to convert medium-duty commercial vehicles. The shuttle bus will be operated by Bauer Transportation to provide daily service for the San Francisco region, including the Google and Facebook headquarters in the high-tech corridor of the Silicon Valley. The vehicle is projected to operate for at least 8 years, and will begin its deployment in August.

“Beyond the environmental benefits, electrification provides significant advantages to commercial vehicle and fleet operators in terms of cost, mission fulfillment, reliability and longevity. Owners and operators are looking for accessible solutions that can realize these advantages and maximize their investment,” said Chuck Reardon, vice president of Dow Kokam. “We are pleased that Motiv selected Dow Kokam’s proven cell technology to create a high-performance, fully electric conversion solution for the popular E-450 chassis. We think Motiv’s technology is opening up a new market of opportunities for a wide range of applications.”

Dow Kokam’s large format batteries bring the reliability of more than 10 years of proven performance in demanding applications with system integration capabilities that have been proven in more than 1 million kilometers of rigorous, on-the-road testing. Dow Kokam technology has been adopted as the primary source of energy for high performance equipment in industries ranging from transportation, marine, aerospace, defense and high-end industrial products.

Motiv’s system enables truck builders to easily integrate electric-drive powertrain options into the commercial vehicles they build today. The components are delivered to the builder ready to install, with no electrical design expertise required. With Motiv’s system, these electric-drive trucks provide clear benefits in operating costs, maintenance, configurability, and emissions reductions.

ABOUT DOW KOKAM

Dow Kokam brings technologically advanced and economically viable battery solutions to the transportation, defense, industrial and medical industries.  Uniting Dow, Kokam America and Dassault SVE creates the first battery and energy management systems manufacturer to combine viable, scalable large-format battery technology with the market franchise, manufacturing expertise and market knowledge necessary to become the clear partner of choice across industries.

Dow Kokam was established in 2009 to develop and manufacture advanced energy storage technologies for the transportation and other industries. The company is owned by The Dow Chemical Company, TK Advanced Battery LLC and Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault.

ABOUT MOTIV POWER SYSTEMS

Founded in 2009, Motiv Power Systems designs and builds a flexible electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) for the commercial electric truck.  Motiv’s ePCS works with a wide variety of batteries and motors.  This flexibility allows traditional truck chassis builders to assemble custom electric chassis on their current diesel truck assembly lines. Electric trucks equipped with Motiv’s ePCS can offer over 100 miles range and a total cost of ownership 50% less than a diesel truck over an 8 year period.  Motiv’s ePCS is available for commercial trucks, shuttle buses and delivery vehicles.

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