‘SEPTA, Proterra, and PECO Democratize Transportation’
Proterra will take part in the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week, as one of the manufacturer’s Catalyst brand 100% battery electric buses is to be used as a shuttle, and will be displayed at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s headquarters.
Proterra notes that SEPTA was awarded a $2.6 million Federal Transit Administration grant to help purchase 25 Proterra Catalyst buses and five overhead chargers that will begin operating on two routes in South Philadelphia in 2017.
SEPTA is Proterra’s largest customer (F&F, April 21) to date.
“SEPTA is looking forward to adding 25 emission-free electric buses from Proterra,” said board chairman Pasquale Deon says in a Proterra release. “SEPTA already has one of the greenest bus fleets in the nation, with over half of our vehicles operating diesel-electric hybrids.”
‘Our Commitment to a Sustainable Future’
In addition to its large rail network, SEPTA operates 118 bus routes.
“The addition of electric buses furthers our commitment to a sustainable future for our riders and local residents,” Deon said.
SEPTA will debut a new lobby exhibit showcasing the evolution of the agency bus fleet, next. The local utility Peco, which is helping with the Proterra bus charging infrastructure, is participating in the DNC week activities too.
Proterra said today that it has sold more than 252 vehicles to 28 different municipal, university, and commercial transit agencies in North America.
“As more cities embrace zero-emission mass transit, we are honored to partner with SEPTA and PECO at such a historic event,” CEO Ryan Popple says in the Philadelphia DNC announcement. “Looking back on how far the electric bus industry has come over the last few years, it is very promising to see buses operating coast to coast.
“We look forward to gaining more support,” Popple said, “as other cities understand that EVs offer higher performance, better economic savings and a number of environmental and public health benefits.”
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Source: Proterra with Fleets & Fuels follow-up