Electric cars are so passé. Electric powertrains are helping brutes like this garbage truck go green. Courtesy Motiv Power Systems

Since September, an electric garbage truck has been running a 60-mile route through Chicago, offsetting 2,688 gallons of diesel and 23 tons of carbon dioxide a year. An electric school bus now transports kids in California. Both contain Motiv Power Systems’ modular power­train that can be built into vehicles from existing diesel-truck manu­facturers.

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