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Proterra Buses for TARC in Louisville

January 14, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fleet of Ten Trolley-Replacing All-Battery Buses Dubbed ZeroBus

TARC, the Transit Authority of River City in Louisville, Ky. this week launched its fleet of ten 100% battery-electric buses by Proterra.

One of ten 100% battery-electric buses by Proterra for TARC, the Transit Authority of River City, in Louisville, Ky.

One of ten 100% battery-electric buses by Proterra for TARC, the Transit Authority of River City, in Louisville, Ky.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer joined TARC and other local officials at the Louisville Slugger Museum to kick off the start of fare-free downtown “ZeroBus” service.

The buses from Proterra replace diesel-powered trolleys, the highest-polluting TARC vehicles, the agency said.

$8.7 Million from FTA

The all-electric system – 10 buses and two charging stations – represents an investment of $11 million, “with the bulk of funding from federal and state grants,” TARC says.

The new Proterra buses for TARC will be charged in-route.

The new Proterra buses for TARC will be charged in-route.

The Federal Transit Administration contributed $8.7 million. Louisville Metro contributed $500,000.

“ZeroBus changes the game for public transportation in downtown and represents the type of progress and forward-thinking focus we are embracing,” Fischer said in a release.

35-Footers

“Louisville is the first city in this part of the country to have a fleet of all-electric buses in operation, putting us at the leading edge of high-technology, cleaner, greener transportation,” said TARC executive director J. Barry Barker.

The buses are Proterra’s 35-footers, as the order was placed (F&F, December 31, 2013) before the manufacturer shifted to 40-foot vehicles (F&F, August 21, 2104).

TARC will employ the Proterra charging scheme with the battery buses charged in-route to allow an uninterrupted, full-service work day.


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Source: TARC/Proterra with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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