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Motiv Power Systems, Inc. Grant Agreement For the Prototype Shuttle for Motiv’s Power Control System Project

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An Energy Commission grant helped Motiv Power Systems, Inc. incorporate its electric-drive system in a new Class 4 shuttle bus, giving it a 100-mile all-electric range. The shuttle was tested by Bauer’s Worldwide Transportation on its Bay-area and Silicon Valley routes which service the campuses of Google, Cisco, Facebook, and Yahoo (along with other clients).

This project’s goal was to provide for the eventual retrofit existing diesel fleets of medium-duty vehicles with new electric-vehicle technology to increase fleet fuel efficiency, lower overall greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce adverse impacts to the environment.

This project has successfully been completed as of December 2012.

Grant Amount

$1,345,552 from Motiv Power Systems, Inc.

Match Funding

$1,345,552 from the project’s participants.

Project Benefits

This shuttle features an expected payback period of around 3 years. Over 8 years, its total cost of ownership will be only 55 percent of a traditional diesel shuttle. The vehicle has the potential to save 40,000 gallons of diesel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 435 tons over that 8-year period. The project directly added 19 high-tech positions between Motiv Power Systems, Inc.; Bauer’s Worldwide Transportation, and Lico, Inc.; with many more jobs possible as the technology develops.

Grant Agreement Number: ARV-09-015

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