Notches First Order for Second-Generation Vehicle with Foothill,
Hires Matt Horton as Sales VP Who’ll Set Up New California Office
Proterra is shifting production of its 100% battery electric buses from 35 feet to full-size 40-footers more suitable for transit demand, and has notched its first 40-foot sale with its largest customer, Foothill Transit in Southern California, which it says is taking two. updated September 12
In addition, Proterra has a new sales VP in Matt Horton – former CEO of renewables specialist Propel Fuels – who’s charged with establishing a new sales and marketing office for Proterra in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Proterra says it “has incorporated key learnings from its nearly 500,000 miles in revenue service into this new model to improve upon the previous model’s proven performance.”
Eaton for High-Power Opportunity Chargers
Proterra’s new 40-footer is in FTA Altoona trials now, Horton says. Like its shorter predecessor, it has lithium titanate cells in a battery pack that can be charged very quickly.
“We can charge a 40-foot-long transit bus in under ten minutes,” Horton says. That allows operators to charge en route, allowing a full day of service from a bus with a relatively small battery unit.
Eaton, which is itself launching a new line of “hyper chargers” rated at up to 500 kilowatts or even a megawatt, is Proterra’s partner for in-route opportunity charging.
‘Tesla for the Rest of Us’
Proterra claims the “highest fuel efficiency and lowest cost per passenger mile of any bus currently on the market” – “fuel” efficiency equivalent to 20 miles per gallon or better, Horton says, compared with 3 mpg for a typical transit vehicle.
“A battery electric bus can still make great economic sense even if you are charging it at the most expensive time of day,” he told F&F.
“This is Tesla for the rest of us.”
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