Catbus Orders Ten Catalyst E2 Vehicles
Complementing Six Serving Nearby Seneca,
UQM Motors for Buses to Be Built in Greenville
Proterra said Wednesday that South Carolina’s Clemson Area Transit – Catbus – has ordered ten new 100% battery-electric Catalyst E2 buses, complementing six 35-foot units in operation in nearby Seneca.
In 2015, Proterra reports, Seneca became the first U.S. city to operate an all-electric bus fleet, “and now serves as a model for other municipalities considering all-electric bus transit.”
“As part of our vision at Catbus, we are committed over the next eight years to expand upon projects that reduce energy consumption and increase access to clean, efficient mass transit,” Catbus interim manager Keith Moody says in the Proterra announcement.
Targeting a 100% Electric Fleet
“The integration of these ten Proterra electric buses into our fleet is a big step in making this happen,” he said. “With 50% of our fleet soon to be serviced by zero-emission, battery-electric buses, today marks an important milestone.”
The new buses will be charged via overhead cantilever equipment and by depot “trickle” charging, he told F&F.
Catbus is working toward a 100% electric fleet, Moody said.
The agency is buying the new Catalyst E2 buses in part with $3.9 million from the Federal Highway and Transit Administration’s Low- or No-Emissions program.
“The FTA likes to see projects that are successful, and with the Seneca project, it’s been a total success,” Moody said. “We are building success onto success.”
Since the fleet debuted, the Seneca Proterra buses have taken more than 27,950 charges, traveled more than 520,000 miles, and eliminated more than 2.8 million pounds of greenhouse gases, Proterra says – “equivalent to planting 59,348 trees.”
Buses to Be Built in Greenville
“With Greenville as our home in South Carolina, we couldn’t be more pleased to expand our footprint in the Upstate region with Catbus,” said Proterra president and CEO Ryan Popple. “As a pioneering transit agency that adopted one of the first battery-electric fleets in North America, we look forward to continuing to equip Catbus communities with the cleanest and highest-performing buses on the road.”
With 1.9 million riders annually in three South Carolina counties, “including the cities of Clemson and Seneca and the towns of Central and Pendleton as well as four universities, the fare-free Catbus system will have the largest zero-emission fleet in the Carolinas,” Proterra says.
The new buses will be built using drive motors from UQM Technologies in the company’s East Coast factory in Greenville, S.C.
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Source: Proterra with Fleets & Fuels follow-up