Proterra was selected by the Virginia Department of General Services as a vendor to supply zero-emission battery-electric buses and charging stations for its Statewide Contract. In 2018, transit buses in the state of Virginia provided more than 74.5 million trips to riders throughout the Commonwealth.
Proterra, along with other manufacturers, underwent a testing and review process by the state of Virginia and was chosen among a pool of providers to help streamline local transit agencies’ access to the vendor and vehicle that best meet their specific transit system needs. As a result, transit agencies, universities, and institutions can now purchase Proterra® battery-electric buses and charging systems through the state’s pre-established contract. Transit agencies in other states can also leverage the Virginia state contract to simplify the process of purchasing electric buses.
Proterra electric buses feature an “industry-leading bus design,” including a lightweight composite body, energy dense battery systems, highly efficient electric drivetrain technology, and a connected vehicle intelligence system, according to the company. The Proterra Catalyst® electric vehicle platform can be customized to meet the demands of a wide range of transit routes to bring clean, quiet transportation to Virginians.
Additionally, Proterra now offers Proterra Energy™ fleet solutions, which helps customers transition to an all-electric fleet by offering a full suite of products and services that enable turnkey delivery of a complete energy ecosystem. Proterra can design, build, deploy, and maintain electric buses, batteries, chargers, and charging infrastructure for customers to enable a streamlined transition to an electric fleet with a single point of contact. Through the Virginia Statewide Contract, transit agencies can also utilize Proterra’s battery-leasing program, which reduces the upfront cost of electric buses to be competitively priced against diesel. With this battery leasing program, Proterra will guarantee the performance of the batteries through the life of the bus, decreasing operator risk.