‘Initial Orders for 20 Systems Have Already Been Placed’
Colorado’s UQM Technologies today reported a new three-year electric propulsion system supply agreement for EcoRide BE35 all-electric buses by Proterra. The deal includes UQM’s PowerPhase HD 220 drive. “Initial orders for 20 systems have already been placed,” UQM says.
“We have had a great business relationship with Proterra since the company was founded, supplying over $1 million of electric propulsion systems to them for their battery-electric buses,” UQM president and CEO Eric Ridenour said in a release.
“This new three-year agreement will build on that relationship, grow our volume with Proterra and provide an important customer for our newly introduced PowerPhase HD 220 product,” he said.
The 35-foot, lightweight composite Proterra bus holds 63 passengers (33 seated). The UQM PowerPhase HD 220 produces peak torque of 700 N-m and peak power of 220 kilowatts, UQM says, for “exceptional energy-efficient performance.”
The HD 220 is designed “specifically for commercial vehicle use, offering commercial truck and bus manufacturers an efficient path to adopting electric propulsion technology in their heavy-duty vehicles.”
“It was a natural decision to grow our business with UQM as we expand the production of our zero-emission commercial transit solutions,” Proterra CEO David Bennett says in the UQM release.
Wind and Solar in San Antonio
Separately, Proterra said last week that three of its buses entered service on February 26 with Via Metropolitan in San Antonio, where the battery bus service has been dubbed the Arc. The buses “will operate on Via’s downtown circulator routes, and they will be recharged at the Robert Thompson Transit Station at the Alamodome,” Proterra says.
“They will receive energy that is generated either by solar panels installed as part of the project or by turbines in West Texas wind farms as part of VIA’s Windtricity agreement with CPS Energy.”
Other Proterra customers are Foothill Transit in Pomona, Calif. (F&F, December 5), and transit operators in Tallahassee, Fla.; Seneca, S.C.; Reno, Nev.; Worcester, Mass. and Stockton, Calif.
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