Motiv Power Gets California Grant for Electric-Vehicle Systems

Motiv Power Systems Inc., a maker of control systems for electric buses and trucks, received $8.1 million to expand its manufacturing operations.

The grant from the California Energy Commission will aid production at Motiv’s new factory in Hayward, the Foster City, California-based company said in a statement Wednesday. The facility at full capacity will make as many as 480 all-electric powertrains annually.

Motiv has received a total of $12.3 million from the agency, according to the statement. California is seeking to have one-third of its energy produced from renewable sources by 2020 as part of a larger effort to reduce emissions that exacerbate climate change.

“Our success is in large part due to the CEC’s continuing support of cutting-edge research, and investments that help develop zero-emission vehicles,” Motiv Chief Executive Officer Jim Castelaz said in the statement.

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