Buses May Now be Ordered with Range of Up to 180 Miles
All-battery bus builder Proterra is now offering “extended-range” vehicles with larger battery packs affording a single-charge range of up to 180 miles.
Proterra is thus expanding its strategy beyond modest-range buses that depend on in-route opportunity charging: “New product options can be customized to meet specific route needs,” the company says:
- The fast-charge Catalyst FC 40-foot bus is available in configurations carrying between 53 and 131 kilowatt-hours of energy storage and can be fully recharged in under 10 minutes.
- The extended-range Catalyst XR 40-foot bus is available in configurations carrying between 129 and 321 kilowatt-hours and can be recharged in a little over an hour.
The 40-foot vehicles (Proterra is phasing out its 35-footers; F&F, August 21) employ new TerraVolt XR extended-range TerraVolt FC fast-charge battery arrays, complementing Proterra’s existing fast-charge battery which the firm says “has been extensively tested over nearly one million customer revenue miles.”
Mix and Match, Switch and Swap
The new TerraVolt packs are the key components of Proterra’s new TerraFlex system. They can be used interchangeably on the Catalyst bus.
“This system enables customers to select the right amount and type of energy storage to meet specific route requirements,” the company says. “Once customized, operators can easily reconfigure battery packs to meet evolving service needs.
“Both battery systems are compatible with Proterra’s on-route and in-depot chargers, resulting in a platform with ultimate flexibility at the lowest cost.”
“Adding extended-range capabilities to our existing portfolio of fast-charge products enables us to help our customers meet more of their most demanding service requirements,” Proterra sales and marketing VP Matt Horton said in a release Tuesday.
“The flexibility of our platform allows our customers to more confidently invest in the future of transit.”
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Source: Proterra with Fleets & Fuels follow-up