Just Two Battery Buses But There’s an Option for 200
Pure battery bus builder Proterra, a proponent of en-route fast-charging using high-power DC equipment, reported a contract for the sale of two 100% electric transit vehicles and a fast-charge system to King County Metro in Seattle.
“Following a one-year trial period, the agency has the pre-arranged option to purchase up to 200 more buses and additional fast charge systems, depending on the outcome of the demonstration,” Proterra says.
Proterra recently dropped its initial 35-foot vehicle – there are more than 50 in service – replacing it with a 40-foot bus favored by transit agency customers. Proterra’s largest customer for its 35-foot bus, Foothill Transit in Los Angeles, is the lead buyer for the new model (F&F, August 21).
‘Proving Out the Business Case’
Proterra says it was selected via a competitive process for the Seattle program, “which included bids from other transit vehicle manufacturers.” The Proterra battery bus may allow King County Metro “to meet its goal of moving toward an all-electric and hybrid-electric fleet,” the manufacturer said.
“The public transportation market is adopting EV technology and proving out the business case,” Proterra CEO Ryan Popple said in a release. “In addition to having a positive impact on the Seattle area, King County Metro’s willingness to adopt EV buses as a means to reduce emissions and fuel costs will help other agencies understand and perfect the deployment of EV transit vehicles.”
Funding for the 40-foot zero-emission electric buses and fast charge system, which are scheduled to be delivered in the first half of 2015, will be provided by federal TIGGER funding and matching funds from King County, Proterra said.
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Source: Proterra with Fleets & Fuels follow-up