CHICAGO, Ill. — The city of Chicago will deploy the heaviest electric trucks in the US, as it deploys 20 Class 8 electric vehicle refuse trucks.
The trucks will weigh 52,000 lbs and have a range of 60 miles. They’ll be powered by Motiv Power Systems, using its electric powertrain control system (ePCS).
The five-year contract is worth up to US$13.4 million.
The ePCS system uses off-the-shelf batteries and motors and can handle trucks ranging from medium-duty to Class 8, weighing 15,000-52,000 lbs. The city of Chicago expects the trucks to reduce operating cost by 50% over an eight-year period.
“We are thrilled that Chicago is driving the push for electric refuse trucks, and our ePCS can be employed to create these revolutionary vehicles,” said Shyam Nagrani, vice-president of business development and marketing for Motiv. “Our ePCS can do what no other EV truck system can do, scale up and down to meet the exact needs of any fleet using a conventional chassis. These EV refuse trucks will provide the streets of Chicago with quiet, emissions-free garbage pick-up, without submitting residents to excessive diesel pollution or loud noise. Who wants to be woken up at 5 a.m. by an idling garbage truck?”