Manufacturer Vows to Double Its Production Capacity This Year
Proterra said this week that its national fleet of all-electric transit buses has surpassed two million miles of revenue service, “providing communities coast to coast with clean, quiet transportation.”
The battery buses have saved transit agencies more over 420,000 gallons in fuel and prevented more than 7.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, states a release.
“With 63 buses on the road today in Texas, California, Massachusetts, Nevada, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina and Washington, Proterra is ramping up production in 2016 to meet the market’s growing need for clean, quiet, efficient transit solutions,” the company said.
13 More Proterra Buses for Foothill Transit
“For the last five years, we’ve been operating Proterra zero-emission buses and are excited to expand our electric fleet with 13 new Catalyst vehicles coming into service,” Foothill Transit executive director Doran Barnes says in the Proterra announcement.
“With the latest round of Catalyst buses, nearly 10% of our fleet will be all-electric.”
“Transit solutions like Proterra’s,” said Clemson Area Transit executive director Al Babinicz, “address the economic and environmental hurdles we’re facing as a nation.” In 2014, Proterra says, South Carolina’s CatBus “became the first transit system in North America to completely electrify its entire fleet, following the deployment of Proterra battery-electric buses.”
Proterra says it will nearly double its production capability this year “as an increasing number of transit agencies see zero-emission buses as a credible and proven alternative to diesel, CNG and hybrid buses.
“With 30% fewer parts than alternative technologies, the Proterra Catalyst dramatically reduces maintenance and operating costs and is more cost-effective over the 12-year life of each bus, saving customers around $450,000 over the vehicle’s lifetime.”
Proterra says that its Catalyst battery bus is the most efficient of all 40-foot transit vehicles, with the longest range per kilowatt-hour of energy storage and the lowest fuel cost per mile, at 22 MPGe and 1.7 kWh/mile.
Diesel Seen as ‘a Necessary Evil,’ Says CEO Popple
“This latest milestone exemplifies the economic, environmental and civic value of electric mass transit and demonstrates to the transit agencies that diesel – often viewed as a necessary evil – is no longer necessary,” said Proterra CEO Ryan Popple.
“By democratizing electric mobility through zero-emission mass transportation, we are providing both our customers and their passengers alike the best transit technology on the road today.”
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Source: Proterra with Fleets & Fuels follow-up