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Motiv Power Systems

Intelligent powertrains for electric trucks

  • Stage $1M in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location Foster City, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded August 2009
  • Employees 11
  • Website

Company Summary

Motiv develops and sells an electric powertrain control system (ePCS) to medium-duty truck fleets and builders. The Motiv ePCS is a drop-in replacement for a diesel/gasoline engine and transmission that allows truck assembly lines to easily supply an electric version of their truck chassis to fleets. The Motiv ePCS also provides plug-and-play compatibility with many different battery and motor technologies, serving as a common operating system.


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    Jim Castelaz
    Founder and CEO

    Jim is a technology leader in heavy vehicle electrification. Prior to Motiv, he was Chief Architect at an EV start-up focused on designing electric drive buses for the Chinese market. His other projects include developing an electric motorcycle and solid state transformers for the power distribution grid with SCE. Jim holds an MSEE from Stanford University and a BS in Engineering and Economics from Harvey Mudd College.

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    Shyam Nagrani
    VP Business Development

    Shyam is a serial entrepreneur having worked at 4 successful semiconductor startups - Jaldi Semiconductor, Genesis Microchip, Oak Technology and Chips & Technologies, initially in engineering and for the past 20 years in marketing/sales. The first was an acquisition while the latter 3 companies went public. Shyam attended IIT Bombay for 3 years but graduated with a BS EE from Georgia Tech. He has an MS EE from USC.

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    Wayne Logan
    Principal Mechanical Engineer

    Wayne is responsible for leading the mechanical and thermal design at Motiv. He has expertise in mechanical system development including structural, thermal and manufacturing processes to those designs. He brings over 40 years of experience in the fields of mechanical engineering, system packaging, manufacturing engineering and engineering management for defense, commercial and industrial market segments to Motiv.

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    Jack Fuchs

    Jack Fuchs provides Motiv financial and strategic expertise. Previously he has held Finance, Sales, Marketing, Product Management and Business Development positions at many private companies including IPWireless, Lumitrend, and ForteBio, all of which he helped successfully sell. Jack was previously with Becton Dickinson & Company as VP of e-Business, North American Business Leader, VP Worldwide Marketing, and Director of Corporate Planning.

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    Frank Jenkins
    VP Sales

    Frank leads Motiv’s sales efforts and supports marketing and relationships with vehicle OEMs and builders. Frank brings 28 years of automotive fleet sales experience. Previously, Frank was VP of Sales and Marketing at Electric Vehicles International and a Commercial Sales Executive at General Motors. He has successfully launched many automotive sales, product and marketing initiatives in his career while significantly increasing sales.


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    Doug Mandell

Previous Investors

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    New Frontier Renewable Energy