FOSTER CITY, Calif. — With two new purchases from Educational Bus Transportation, Inc., along with new regional sales and field technician support, Motiv Power Systems continues to expand its presence on the East Coast, as incentive programs and regulations create demand for all-electric school buses.
Educational Bus Transportation had previously deployed a Motiv-powered Trans Tech eSeries Type A school bus in New York in 2014, while this new order comes immediately after a deployment of 13 Trans Tech electric buses to school districts in the Sacramento, Calif. region this year. Motiv’s bicoastal expansion is supported by incentive-driven demand in both New York and California, as well as a regulatory climate that is accelerating the adoption of battery electric vehicles for school districts and other markets.
“Motiv Power Systems has proven to be a strong partner for us,” said John Phraner, president of Trans Tech. “With Ford approved technology on the E450 chassis, we are able [to] offer an electric version of our popular and proven Type A school bus, without the need to reinvent the wheel. Over the years, battery electric technology’s reliability and performance has continued to improve, resulting in a proven and reliable bus. Motiv’s increased East Coast presence further supports our confidence in Motiv’s commitment to support our growing electric school bus fleet.”
“New York and California are both very attractive markets for battery electric vehicle applications,” said Kash Sethi, director of sales for Motiv Power Systems. “The regulatory climate, available funding programs, and population density to suit fixed route applications, support fossil fueled fleets to make the transition to electric. As a company with headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’ve always had a strong presence on the West Coast. With growing demand for electric fleet vehicles, we are ramping up our East Coast footprint in 2018 and beyond.”
Based on the popular Ford E-450 and F-59, Motiv’s Type A and C school bus chassis are eQVM approved by Ford and feature CARB certification for 50-state emissions exemption. In addition to electric school buses, Motiv’s electric chassis are also used in electric shuttle buses, delivery trucks, walk-in vans, trolley buses and other specialty applications. Collectively, Motiv powered vehicles have covered more than 400,000 real world miles to date from their U.S. deployments.
About Motiv Power Systems
Founded in 2009, and headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Motiv Power Systems is committed to freeing fleets from their dependence on fossil fuels. EPIC (Electric Powered Intelligent Chassis) are CARB certified, GSA approved, and available for many configurations. Those include: walk-in vans, box trucks, work trucks, shuttle buses, school buses, trolleys, and other specialty vehicles. An EPIC offers uncompromised performance and functionality without the pollution, noise, heat, and vibration of gasoline or diesel power. Motiv is a Ford eQVM-approved provider of all-electric chassis for commercial trucks and buses, and benefits from engineering insights and support from Ford, to ensure safety and reliability. With more than 400,000 miles logged in Fortune 50 fleet deployments throughout North America, the EPIC family eliminates 100 percent of vehicle emissions, dramatically reduces operating and maintenance costs, and creates a healthier environment for riders and communities, while also reducing driver fatigue.
About Trans Tech
Trans Tech manufactures industry-leading, Altoona-tested, Type-A school buses, multifunction school activity buses and commercial buses. Trans Tech offers the industry’s only narrow-body dual-wheel along with a family of single and dual wheel models. The company is known for its innovative and fuel-efficient conversion designs. Trans Tech meets ever-changing customer demand with its Versa-Track seating system that ranges from 9 to 30 passengers. Trans Tech buses are tough and designed for safety, with their pan-formed floors and bolted safety-cages. Trans Tech is bringing green solutions to the market with aerodynamic designs and its all-electric eSeries.