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January 15, 2015 13:48 ET

City of Mountain View Receives Four All-Electric Shuttle Buses Built by California Company

California Energy Commission-Funded Advanced Tech Is From Motiv Power Systems, Developed in Project Administered by CALSTART

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 15, 2015) - CALSTART (www.calstart.org) today announced that four zero-emission electric shuttle buses are being deployed in Mountain View, California. The Mountain View Community Shuttle service is aimed at moving residents and visitors through the City between neighborhoods, shopping centers, medical complexes, City facilities, and recreation areas.

The buses were manufactured by Motiv Power Systems of Foster City, using funds from the California Energy Commission (CEC). Google is funding the bus service for the community. The buses went into service last week. 

The vehicles use a modular, plug-and-play electric powertrain technology from Motiv Power Systems. The Motiv electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) is the only product suite in the industry that electrifies truck or bus chassis as a ship-though option, using a variety of commercially-available battery packs and motors. 

The four electric shuttles are free to the public and are equipped with seating for 16 passengers, a wheelchair lift, space for two wheelchairs, WiFi connectivity and bicycle racks on the outside of the vehicle. City officials hope the service will reduce drive-alone traffic, as well as help residents get around town in a loop route.

"This is an excellent example of how state and private funds can be used to help clean the air, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and support the growth of a California company," said John Boesel, President and CEO at CALSTART.

The demonstration pilot will last for one year. Motiv will collect data and use patterns, with a goal of proving that electric shuttle buses are a viable alternative to their dirtier traditional counterparts which run on diesel. Motiv's electric powertrains are expected to decrease total cost of ownership by 8% for initial production vehicles and by over 30% for production vehicles. Additionally, the team expects to see a significant reduction in the time to produce these vehicles, which in this case, are converted to battery-power, using existing platforms such as the Ford E-450 chassis. The vehicle can travel up to 100 miles on a single charge, and will offer quiet, comfortable rides to the city's residents.

This electric shuttle program was part of a larger 10-project grant administered by CALSTART with the goal of advancing cleaner and more efficient trucks and buses. Funding for the electric shuttles and the other nine projects was provided by the California Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

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