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Proterra Lands Eight FTA Low-No Winners

August 2, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Eight of 13 Agencies, $22.8 Million of $55 Million

Proterra is trumpeting word from the Federal Transit Administration that eight of its new and existing customers have won so-called “Low-No” low or no emission vehicle deployment grants – a total of $22.8 million, to purchase 35 Proterra Catalyst buses.

Eight transit agencies are taking advantage of $22.8 million from the FTA to purchase 35 all battery-electric Proterra Catalyst buses.

Eight transit agencies are taking advantage of $22.8 million from the FTA to purchase 35 all battery-electric Proterra Catalyst buses.


All-in-all, the FTS Low-No grants for 2016 totaled $55 million to 13 transit agencies.

The awards to Proterra’s customers bring the company’s total number of firm orders to 287 vehicles from 38 cities. “With more than 2.4 million miles of revenue service, Proterra has more battery-electric buses on the road today in North America than any other manufacturer,” states a release.

‘Emblematic Innovation’

Proterra emphasized VTA, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in California, “as the Silicon Valley’s transit agency expects to roll out five 40-foot Catalyst XR buses.

“As the transit agency serving Silicon Valley, the most emblematic innovation hub in the world, it is our role to provide our communities with the most forward-thinking mobility solutions on the market,” VTA general manager and CEO Nuria Fernandez says in Proterra’s announcement.

“Integrating Proterra’s zero emission buses into our system is a top priority as we continue to redefine our transit systems. We’re pleased to embark on this partnership with Proterra, as the company helps us achieve our innovation and sustainability goals,” Fernandez said.

Beyond VTA

TARC too: In addition to last week’s FTA Low-No news, Proterra said Monday that with six new Proterra vehicles, Louisville’s Transit Authority of River City will have a total of 15 all-electric buses in service, making it one of the largest electric bus operators in the country.

TARC too: In addition to last week’s FTA Low-No news, Proterra said Monday that with six new Proterra vehicles, Louisville’s Transit Authority of River City will have a total of 15 all-electric buses in service, making it one of the largest electric bus operators in the country.

In addition to $2.46 million to VTA, the new Low-No grants benefiting Proterra, with dollar amounts from FTA, include

  • Delaware Transit Corporation (Wilmington), to receive six 35’ Catalyst XR buses, $2 million;
  • Everett Transit (Everett, Wash.), to receive four 40’ Catalyst XR buses, $3.36 million;
  • Lextran (Lexington, Ky.), to receive one 40’ Catalyst FC bus, $683,400;
  • Park City Transit (Park City, Utah), to receive six 40’ Catalyst FC buses, $3.91 million;
  • Pierce Transit (Pierce County, Wash.) to receive two 40’ Catalyst FC buses, $2.55 million;
  • Port Arthur Transit (Port Arthur, Texas), to receive six 35’ Catalyst FC buses, $3.91 million; and
  • SporTran (Shreveport, La.) to receive five 35’ Catalyst FC buses, $3.91 million.

“This additional wave of orders underscores our nation’s commitment to democratize and decarbonize transit, which is a key enabler of prosperity, job security and improved air quality,” said CEO Ryan Popple.

Beyond Proterra

In addition to the multiple awards benefitting Proterra, FTA has disclosed the following Low-No grant recipients:

  • Chicago Transit Authority – $3.6 million;
  • Clemson Area Transit – $3.9 million;
  • Chelan Douglas (Washington State) – $3.8 million;
  • Lane Transit (LTD; Oregon) – $3.5 million;
  • Tri-County Metropolitan (Oregon) – $3.4 million;
  • City of Everett, Wash. – $3.36 million;
  • Central Contra Costa Transit Authority – $2.7 million;
  • Miami-Dade County – $2.4 million;
  • City of Columbia, Mo. / Como Connect – $1.7 million;
  • SunLine Transit – $1.5 million;
  • Long Beach Transit– $1.2 million; and
  • Capital District Transportation Authority (Albany) – $767,500.

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Source: Proterra and FTA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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