Seattle Agency Is to Buy 120 All-Battery Buses by 2020,
And as Many as 73 will be Proterra Buses, County Says
Seattle’s King County Metro Transit said today that it will purchase 120 all-electric battery buses by 2020. “As part of this commitment, Metro will purchase up to 73 battery buses from Burlingame, Calif.-based Proterra,” states a county release. Eight 40-foot Proterra buses are to be deployed this year and 12 more in 2019.
The vehicles have an estimated range of about 25 miles, with a quick charging time of ten minutes.
The 73 Proterra buses will cost up to a project $55 million, said the statement from King County executive Dow Constantine, “starting with 20 buses totaling $15.12 million. The new buses will join three Proterra vehicles currently in service.
‘Move People Quietly and Cleanly’
“We’re dramatically expanding our zero-emission electric buses and working with the industry to innovate and offer next generation vehicles that move people quietly and cleanly while helping meet our climate goals,” Constantine said.
Also according to today’s release, “Charging stations to support the initial orders of those buses will range from $5.5 million to $6.6 million.”
More Range Sought, Bigger Buses Too
Metro said too today that it “will acquire up to nine long-range electric buses from different manufacturers to test the battery technology with a range of about 140 miles.
“With this approximately $7 million acquisition, Metro is challenging the industry to produce buses that can travel farther. Metro also is calling on the industry to develop 60-foot long buses, better able to replace the articulated buses that make up 55% of its fleet.”
Proterra last year reported the results of a 106-day trial of a 40-foot Catalyst FC (fast-charge) bus with King County Metro, describing it as “the most rigorous test of its nature ever performed in the industry” (F&F, April 1, 2016).
Rob Gannon is King County Metro GM.
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