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Proterra Notches Orders for 33 Buses

April 21, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, Fleet Order, transit by Patrick Couch  |  No Comments

25 Battery Vehicles for Philadelphia Area’s SEPTA
King County Applying New FTA Funding for Eight

Proterra is trumpeting orders for 33 of its Catalyst battery electric buses, noting that three transit agencies are taking advantage of funding from the Federal Transit Administration to field the zero-emission vehicles.

Proterra Trumpets Seattle Catalyst Trial

April 1, 2016 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs, milestones, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Heavily Laden 40-Footer Averaged 325 Miles per Day

Battery bus manufacturer Proterra has released the results of a 106-day trial of a 40-foot Catalyst FC (fast-charge) bus with King County Metro in Seattle. The vehicle ran 24 hours per day to simulate one year and, with 14,500 pounds of water ballast representing 125% of a normal full load of 77 passengers, logged 32,545 total miles – “nearly twice the distance of standard industry tests at Altoona,” Proterra says. updated April 4

Proterra Unveils ‘Nimbler’ 35-Foot Bus

October 7, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Opens Northern California Headquarters South of San Francisco
And Announces DART in Texas as the Lead Customer for 35-Footer

Proterra celebrated the opening of its new Northern California headquarters yesterday evening, and unveiled a new, “nimbler” 35-foot Catalyst bus to complement its standard 40-foot offering.

410 New Flyer CNG and Hybrid Buses

June 30, 2015 in CNG, Electric Drive, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

325 CNG and Hybrid Buses to MBTA, 85 Hybrids for Seattle

New Flyer has notched large orders for compressed natural gas and hybrid buses. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation reports that its board has approved the purchase of 325 forty-foot buses for $222.2 million. Separately, New Flyer said that Seattle’s King County Metro has exercised options worth $130 million for 138 buses, including 85 of the company’s 60-foot XDE60 diesel-fueled Xcelsior hybrids.

Proterra Notches Seattle e-Bus Sale

September 9, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Just Two Battery Buses But There’s an Option for 200

Pure battery bus builder Proterra, a proponent of en-route fast-charging using high-power DC equipment, reported a contract for the sale of two 100% electric transit vehicles and a fast-charge system to King County Metro in Seattle.

EnerDel Lithium for King County Hybrids

April 14, 2014 in batteries, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Seattle-Area Agency Replacing NiMH on Allison Drive New Flyers

Indiana-based EnerDel is getting ready to supply lithium ion batteries as replacements for the Panasonic nickel metal hydride batteries in New Flyer buses with Allison parallel hybrid drives. The firm’s first target is King County Metro in Seattle.


120 BAE HybriDrive Buses for Seattle

October 5, 2013 in Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

King County Order Is the Largest Ever for the Series Product
As HybriDrive System ‘Powers a Bus Completely Electrically’

BAE Systems is talking up selection of its HybriDrive Series-E electric drivelines to power 120 New Flyer Xcelsior buses for King County Metro Transit in Seattle. “This is the largest order to date of the HybriDrive Series-E propulsion system, which enables electric drive modes to eliminate emissions from the vehicle and to reduce engine idling,” BAE said.


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