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

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

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.

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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.

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

Founded in 2009 and based in Foster City, CA, award-winning Motiv Power Systems designs and builds flexible and scalable 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 Powertrain Control System. Common vehicle types from these builders include work, delivery and refuse trucks, as well as school and shuttle buses. The Motiv Powertrain Control System is installed at the time of vehicle manufacture, similar to a natural gas or propane upfit. For more information and career opportunities, please visit and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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