ACT News 2017

Proterra in Louisiana and in California

November 10, 2017 in Airports, EVs, Fleet Order, milestones, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Five 40-Foot Catalyst E2 Buses for Shreveport’s SporTran,
San Jose Approves Purchase of Ten for SJC/Mineta Airport

Five 40-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 vehicles for Shreveport’s SporTran, entering service this month, are the first 100% battery-electric buses for Louisiana, Proterra said this week.

The five Catalyst E2 vehicles for Shreveport’s SporTran represent Louisiana’s first fleet of zero-emission, battery-electric buses, Proterra says.

Proterra also announced that in California, the San Jose City Council approved the purchase of ten Catalyst E2 buses and related charging infrastructure for SJC, the Mineta San Jose International Airport.

Las year, Proterra says, SporTran won and FTA/Federal Transit Administration Lo-No/low or no-emission vehicle deployment grant, funding the five electric buses, three depot chargers and an on-route fast charger.

22 MPGe

“By replacing its diesel buses,” Proterra says, “SporTran estimates that the new Proterra Catalyst buses will save more than $2.2 million on maintenance and fuel, over the lifetime of the five vehicles.”

The forty-foot Catalyst E2 vehicles boast fuel efficiency of 22 MPGe, “while conventional diesel buses average 3.86 MPG.” The Proterra buses feature a lightweight carbon fiber-reinforced composite body that maximizes vehicle life while minimizing repairs and maintenance.

‘Long-Term Mission’

“In the wake of a devastating hurricane season for surrounding communities, we’re reminded by our long-term mission to sustainably serve Shreveport and our neighbors,” said SporTran CEO Dinero Washington says in Proterra’s release.

“This means providing reliable and safe transit for all. It also means providing innovative and cost-saving solutions that ensure clean, reliable transit today and for years to come,” he said.

SJC’s to Be First for a Bay Area Airport

The West Coast purchase of ten buses for the San Jose airport “marks Proterra’s first airport electric bus deployment in the San Francisco Bay Area,” Proterra says. The vehicles will be built at Proterra’s new Los Angeles County factory (F&F, July 31) and are expected to be placed in service in late 2018.

“These electric buses can help us significantly reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions, and represent a step towards our aspiration that an electric engine power every shuttle and bus on San Jose’s streets,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo says in a Proterra release.

Their purchase is being funded in part by a $3.8 million zero-emissions vehicle grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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