22 Dec '12, 8pm

Garbage Goes Electric in Chicago

Garbage Goes Electric in Chicago

A handful of garbage trucks in Chicago will be a whole lot quieter than their predecessors, thanks to an all-electric powertrain control system (ePCS) from Motiv Power Systems. The Bay Area startup won a contract for $13.4 million, it’s largest customer contract to-date, to provide the city of Chicago with 20 electric refuse trucks using a traditional chassis outfitted with Motiv’s ePCS system. “We don’t design a truck chassis to be electric,” said Jim Castelaz, CEO of Motiv. “Instead we work with a whole industry of vehicle modifiers.” By having a plug-and-play technology that works with established truck frames, such as Detroit Chassis, Motiv says it can deliver the benefits of electric at lower costs. The refuse trucks will each sport 10, 125-kilowatt-hour battery packs which will provide at least 60 miles of range. Garbage routes are an ideal fit for an electric truck,...

Full article: http://www.solarfeeds.com/garbage-goes-electric-in-chicago/

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