Chicago garbage trucks going electric

Motiv Power Systems specializes in electrifying heavy-duty trucks and buses.

Motiv Power Systems specializes in electrifying heavy-duty trucks and buses.

Chicago’s garbage trucks may soon be a little bit cleaner -- that is, the trucks’ emissions will be cleaner. Motiv Power Systems of Foster City, Calif., has won a $13.4 million contract to convert existing gasoline-powered trucks into electric vehicles, with the first of 20 scheduled to hit the road next year, and the full order delivered within five years.

The company says that while the initial cost of the trucks is almost double that of traditional gas guzzlers, their energy efficiency could save money over their lifetime of use, based on a pilot test of an electric bus that the company claimed reduced operating costs by about 88 per cent.

Founded in 2009, Motiv Power specializes in modifying off-the-shelf batteries and motors for use in large trucks.

From the Chicago Business Journal.

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