Motiv Power Systems has delivered 9 electric box trucks to Sacramento’s non-profit Community Resource Project (CRP). The e-trucks will be used to provide home energy audits, weatherization and HVAC services to low-income residents in an area where air quality is some of the worst in the country.
Motiv’s all-electric chassis and software platform is designed to make it easy for fleets to electrify medium-duty trucks and buses. It integrates already commercialized high-volume batteries, motors and other components into a chassis. Motiv’s solution requires little to no engineering or redesign, offers multiple vehicle configurations, and is compatible with existing truck and bus body-builders.
Motiv has over 100 vehicles on the road. Customers include USPS, Aramark, AmeriPride, Bimbo Bakeries, Winnebago Industries, and several school districts across the country.
For the Community Resource Project’s trucks, Rockport Commercial Vehicles outfitted Motiv’s Ford eQVM-approved Electric Powered Intelligent Chassis (EPIC) E-450 chassis with work truck bodies.
Funding for the vehicles and charging infrastructure comes from the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD), California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD).
“As a non-profit organization that promotes energy efficiency, it is important that we lead by example,” said Luis Sanchez, CEO of Community Resource Project. “We are now able to serve people in the region with a clean mobility option. By reducing energy consumption and lowering utility costs, we are saving residents money and decreasing emissions and associated air pollution.”
“With recent reports showing the impact of poor air quality on human health, it is more important than ever to free fleets from fossil fuels,” said Motiv Chairman and CEO Matt O’Leary. “Our proven software platform is providing the pathway to electrification, and thanks to our customers, we reached 1 million fleet miles in April.”
“We are proud of our continued partnership with Motiv Power Systems,” said Caleb Pontius, General Manager at Rockport Commercial Vehicles. “Motiv took the innovative approach of partnering with chassis OEMs and truck builders like Rockport to electrify the chassis in a way that allows us to run bodies down our assembly line just as we do with any other chassis. Safety, battery size/type, gross vehicle weight rating and other specifications are driving the build versus being an afterthought, which is also an ideal set-up for scaling.”
Source: Motiv Power Systems