ACT Expo 2017


More Proterra Buses for King County

January 10, 2017 in EVs, Fleet Order, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.

Proterra Extends Range to 350 Miles

September 12, 2016 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs, New Products, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Nominal’ Figure for New Catalyst E2 Battery Bus Series,
Vehicle Topped 600 Miles at the Laurens Proving Grounds

Proterra has launched a new all-battery transit bus variant, trumpeting a “nominal” single-charge range of up to 350 miles for the Catalyst E2 with 440 to 660 kilowatt hours of battery capacity. updated September 14

Proterra Buses for Illinois MetroLink

August 29, 2016 in CNG, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two 40-Foot All-Battery Vehicles for Moline-Based Agency

Proterra said Friday that the Illinois Quad Cities’ MetroLink transit organization is going forward with the purchase of two 40-foot Proterra XR electric buses this autumn, “with the potential to significantly expand their zero emission vehicle fleet over the next four years.”

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.

UQM Extends Proterra Supply Pact

July 26, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Extension Reflects the Increased Demand in the U.S. Marketplace’

UQM Technologies said this morning that it’s extended its PowerPhase HD driveline supply agreement with Proterra, which manufactures 100% battery-electric transit buses.

UQM PowerPhase controller and motor coupled on display at Proterra'a Northern California facility (F&F, October 7, 2015).

UQM PowerPhase controller and motor coupled on display at Proterra’a Northern California facility (F&F, October 7, 2015).

“The extension reflects the increased demand in the U.S. marketplace for the Proterra buses and the expected increased production volume of the UQM PowerPhase HD systems,” states a release.

UQM notes that Proterra vehicles have logged 2 million miles of revenue service (F&F, March 3) with operators in California, Washington, Texas, Tennessee, Minnesota, South Carolina, Florida, Massachusetts Kentucky, and Nevada – “with growing demand nationally.”

‘Second to None’

“The experience we have mutually gained with Proterra through their support, success and growth has translated into a product that is second to none in this market,” UQM president and CEO Joe Mitchell says in today’s announcement.

“We look forward to our continued growth and expanding our drivetrain technology offerings globally to support this exciting market segment,” he said.

‘Helped Us Raise the Bar’

“UQM has consistently performed to our expectations, and helped us raise the bar for the market as a whole,” said Proterra CEO Ryan Popple.

“The extension of our long-term supply agreement with UQM reflects our mutual success in this partnership, and speaks to the ability of both teams to address the technology curve as well as provide solutions that are attractive to our EV customer base.”

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Proterra Opens Its Patent Portfolio

June 28, 2016 in Companies, EVs, EVSE, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘This Industry Needs Open Platforms,’ Says VP Horton
As Firm Grants Access to Overhead Charging Technology

Proterra vowed today to let any bus manufacturer or operator use its overhead electric vehicle on-route fast-charging technology on a royalty-free basis. It’s “a significant move intended to accelerate widespread EV technology adoption and infrastructure development,” the company said.

FTA Lo-No Bus Awards: $22.5 Million

April 19, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Seven Transit Providers to Deploy Battery & Fuel Cell Buses

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration yesterday announced $22.5 million worth of awards for its Low and No-Emission Vehicle Deployment initiative, aka Lo-No. Seven transit providers in five states will receive money to help pay for “buses and related facilities that utilize battery-electric, fuel cell, and other innovative technologies to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and improve operating efficiency,” FTA says. updated April 20


Proterra for 2 Million All-Battery Bus Miles

March 3, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, milestones, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Manufacturer Vows to Double Its Production Capacity This Year

Proterra said this week that its national fleet of all-electric transit buses has surpassed two million miles of revenue service, “providing communities coast to coast with clean, quiet transportation.”

Proterra Sets Records in Altoona Trials

June 10, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

And Is Setting Up a Sales and Service Center Outside San Francisco

Proterra reports that its new Catalyst 40-foot all-electric battery buses has set four records in Federal Transit Administration trials in Altoona, Pa., most notably a miles-per-gallon-electric rating of 22 – as compared, the company says, with 3.86 for conventional diesel buses. “The Catalyst is also 15% more energy efficient per mile than the closest competitors’ electric bus,” Proterra said today.

Proterra Offers Bigger-Battery Buses

February 24, 2015 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Buses May Now be Ordered with Range of Up to 180 Miles

All-battery bus builder Proterra is now offering “extended-range” vehicles with larger battery packs affording a single-charge range of up to 180 miles.

Eaton Hyper Charger Earns ETL Approval

February 19, 2015 in certifications, EVs, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Device to ‘Help Set the Stage for Mass Adoption of EVs in North America’

Eaton is spreading the word that its powerful DC “Hyper Charger” has earned safety certification from Intertek-ETL in the U.S., and is one of the first of its size to be so recognized. The device is scalable from 250 kilowatts to one megawatt, and as such is suitable for charging heavy all-battery vehicles, like transit buses.

Proterra Buses for TARC in Louisville

January 14, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fleet of Ten Trolley-Replacing All-Battery Buses Dubbed ZeroBus

TARC, the Transit Authority of River City in Louisville, Ky. this week launched its fleet of ten 100% battery-electric buses by Proterra.

Foothill for First-Ever All-Electric Bus Route

September 23, 2014 in Electric Drive, event, EVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Proterra Fast-Charging Enables 100% Electrification of Line 291,
The Route’s Formal Launch Is to Take Place Saturday, September 27

Southern California’s Foothill Transit, a pioneering operator of route-charged 100% battery electric buses since 2010, will celebrate the full electrification of its Pomona-La Verne service at the Pomona Transit Center this Saturday morning, September 27.

Toshiba Lithium for Proterra’s New 40s

September 12, 2014 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

UQM for the Motors and Controllers, Eaton for Two-Speed Transmission
As 100% Battery Electric 40-Foot Proterra ‘V2’ Bus Replaces Its 35 Footers

Proterra has selected Toshiba to supply SCiB brand lithium titanium battery modules for its new line of fully electric 40-foot transit buses, which are to replace the Greenville, S.C.-based firm’s 35-footers. The second-generation “V2” buses have motors and controllers from UQM Technologies, and a two-speed transmission developed with Eaton.

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.

Proterra Switches to 40-Foot Battery Buses

August 21, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Notches First Order for Second-Generation Vehicle with Foothill,
Hires Matt Horton as Sales VP Who’ll Set Up New California Office

Proterra is shifting production of its 100% battery electric buses from 35 feet to full-size 40-footers more suitable for transit demand, and has notched its first 40-foot sale with its largest customer, Foothill Transit in Southern California, which it says is taking two. updated September 12

More Proterra Buses for Worcester RTA

January 23, 2014 in EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Three More EcoRide All-Battery Buses Have Been Delivered

Greenville, S.C.-based Proterra is talking up the order of three additional EcoRide all-electric buses by the Worcester Regional Transit Authority in Massachusetts – increasing the agency’s battery bus count to six, “13% of its entire fleet.”

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