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Foothill for First-Ever All-Electric Bus Route

September 23, 2014 in Electric Drive, event, EVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Proterra Fast-Charging Enables 100% Electrification of Line 291,
The Route’s Formal Launch Is to Take Place Saturday, September 27

Southern California’s Foothill Transit, a pioneering operator of route-charged 100% battery electric buses since 2010, will celebrate the full electrification of its Pomona-La Verne service at the Pomona Transit Center this Saturday morning, September 27.

Foothill operates 100% battery electric Proterra Ecoliner buses on the 17-mile Line 291 route – the first in the nation to run on batteries alone. Note overhead fast-charge unit.

Foothill operates 100% battery electric Proterra Ecoliner buses on the 17-mile Line 291 route – the first in the nation to run on batteries alone. Note overhead fast-charge unit.

Foothill has a fleet of 35-foot Ecoliner buses, manufactured by Proterra in Greenville, S.C., which are charged during their service route using fast-charge equipment from Eaton.

“Almost four years ago to the day, Foothill Transit became the first public transit agency to put fast charge electric buses into service,” the agency says. The Foothill Transit Ecoliner can travel 30 miles without charging, and is “able to recharge, hands free and in-route, in 10 minutes.

‘Not Only Possible But Reliable’

“This Ecoliner was the first of its kind in the nation and now, thanks to the purchase of 12 more buses from Proterra LLC, the agency’s Line 291, which travels between the cities of Pomona and La Verne, will carry passengers exclusively with these vehicles,” states a release.

“Rapid advancement in battery and vehicle technology makes zero-emission public transit not only possible but reliable. This is the time and place for us to show that zero emissions transit is here now,” said Doug Tessitor, who chairs Foothill Transit’s executive board.

Proterra is now shifting from 35- to 40-foot vehicles, with Foothill the lead customer – the agency has ordered two – for the manufacturer’s lighter and more capable “V2” design (F&F, August 21).

The new 40-foot Proterra V2 electric bus will be on display at the Pomona event. Foothill said it expects to take delivery of the first in early 2015.


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Source: Foothill Transit with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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