Sustainability

Foothill to deploy first Proterra battery-electric bus

Posted on August 31, 2010

Proterra Inc. announced the first major deployment of its EcoRide BE35 zero-emission, fast-charge battery-electric transit buses by West Covina, Calif.-based Foothill Transit.

Beginning Sept. 3, Foothill Transit will launch the Proterra EcoRide BE35 buses and related fast charging stations into its existing bus fleet and transit routes with the goal of establishing a full fleet of clean-fueled vehicles by 2011.

"The first commercial deployment of Proterra's battery-electric buses by a major transit agency like Foothill Transit is a significant milestone for Proterra and a bold step by the nation in our collective effort to decrease dependence on fossil fuel," Proterra President/CEO Jeffery Granato said. "We look forward to additional communities throughout the U.S. and globally benefitting from the highly efficient, cost effective, clean alternative transit solution now available with the introduction of the EcoRide BE35."

The EcoRide BE35 contains all electric components, including an electric drive motor supplied by UQM that allows greater acceleration than that of a conventional bus, combined with leading technology solutions that allow for a quiet and smooth uninterrupted ride, according to the Proterra.

Additionally, without the maintenance or fuel costs associated with conventional buses, the Proterra BE35 achieves a 400 percent improvement in fuel economy, and greater than $300,000 savings in total lifetime operating expenses, according to the company.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Omnitrans to remove natural gas tanks from facility

For several years, environmental groups and some nearby residents had been concerned about the potential risks of the gas tanks, which are located right across from a local community center and park.

Two Calif. Central Valley cities select Proterra Catalyst zero-emission buses

San Joaquin Regional Transit District Tulare County's Porterville Transit plans to procure two Catalyst buses each.

Driverless, connected car testing site opens at U. of Michigan

Mcity is a 32-acre simulated urban and suburban environment that includes a network of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, streetlights, building facades, sidewalks and construction obstacles.

Calif. agency one of first to convert to renewable natural gas fleet

Earlier this year, Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus modified its original agreement with Clean Energy to transition the supply of LNG for its fleet to Clean Energy’s Redeem™ renewable LNG, which is non-fracked methane harvested from organic waste in landfills.

IndyGo puts CCW's remanufactured electric buses in service

Since the rollout of the buses in early June, performance has exceeded 130 miles on a single four-hour charge of the 12 Lithium-Ion batteries.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close