The First Such Campus Customer for Battery Bus Builder
Helps Pave Way for Electricity for Next Transit Generation
Proterra has disclosed plans to start supplying its 100% battery electric buses for university campuses, and has named the Associated Students of the University of Montana in Missoula as its first such customer.
Student-run ASUM’s transportation office is to receive two Proterra 40-foot Catalyst Fast Charge buses, with a semi-autonomous fast charger, for its UDash routes, Proterra says.
“This procurement marks a new era for ASUM as it prioritizes electric vehicle mass transit and begins to replace its diesel vehicles with Proterra’s state-of-the-art technology,” states a Proterra release.
‘A Priority Rather than a Luxury’
“Notably,” the manufacturer adds, “ASUM is one of a handful of student-led transit agencies in the United States, demonstrating that the next generation of transit market leaders will regard sustainable transport as a priority rather than a luxury.
“We’re anticipating delivery in late summer,” ASUM transportation director Jordan Hess told F&F. He noted that the Proterra 40-footers will boost capacity, as ASUM’s current diesel buses are 35-footers – a total of nine. The agency hopes in time to go all-electric, Hess says.
“Millennials are driving less and seeking out transit more.” Proterra CEO Ryan Popple says in his company announcement. “With this increase in demand, our mission is to guarantee that younger riders have clean, quiet, emission-free public transportation. Proterra is taking state-of-the-art EV technology and deploying it into the most accessible transportation asset in the country.”
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