San Joaquin RTD Is a Repeat Customer, Quadrupling Its Battery Fleet
Proterra has disclosed new orders in California for its 40-foot, 100% battery electric Catalyst transit buses. Funding from the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District is part of “a concerted effort,” Proterra says, “to enable the proliferation of clean-air fleets, significantly reduce emissions and improve ambient air quality and public health.”
The Stockton-based San Joaquin Regional Transit District is taking advantage of Valley and federal funds to deploy six new 40-foot Proterra Catalyst buses, augmenting its two 35-footers. San Joaquin RTD expects to expand its use of Proterra’s in-route charging scheme, and is considering the Catalyst XR (extended range) option for two of the vehicles.
“As the first transit agency in Northern California to have operated fully-electric buses, we’re grateful for the [Valley] funding and the opportunity to expand our electric bus fleet with Proterra,” RTD general manager and CEO Donna DeMartino says in Proterra’s announcement.
With Options, 433 Orders
“More than half of our customers have placed second or third orders,” Proterra sales VP Matt Horton told F&F.
To the south in California’s Central Valley, Tulare County’s Porterville Transit is buying two Catalyst FC (fast charge) buses. They’ll charge at the agency’s transit center, says transit manager Rich Tree. Portville will thus establish the Southern Valley’s first battery electric transit bus service.
Porterville Transit currently operates 16 compressed natural gas-fueled ElDorado transit buses and three CNG-fueled paratransit vehicles out of an overall fleet of 22, Tree told F&F. The Proterra buses will replace two remaining diesels, he says.
The new orders from Stockton and Porterville will bring Proterra’s firm orders to 110 units, with 323 options contracted, for a total of 433, the manufacturer said.
‘A Quiet Electric Vehicle Market Transformation’
“With California representing nearly half of the U.S. bus market and the Air Resource Board setting a goal of operating 100% zero-emission bus fleets by 2040, the state is inaugurating a quiet electric vehicle market transformation,” said CEO Ryan Popple.
“We’re pleased to be in a position to scale production to meet growing demand for zero emission vehicles and ultimately enable transit agencies to go electric.”
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Source: Proterra with Fleets & Fuels follow-up