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Proterra to power Alexander Dennis double deckers for Foothill Transit

Posted on July 16, 2018

Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-decker buses will be equipped with Proterra charging hardware and battery thermal management to ensure optimal vehicle performance. Photo: Alexander Dennis
Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-decker buses will be equipped with Proterra charging hardware and battery thermal management to ensure optimal vehicle performance. Photo: Alexander Dennis

Proterra, Alexander Dennis Inc. (ADI) and Foothill Transit announced North America's first electric double-deck bus order for a public transit agency. ADI chose Proterra's E2 battery technology for its next-generation Enviro500 platform in North America, which will enter service in 2019 as part of Foothill Transit's growing battery-electric bus fleet in Los Angeles County.

The Alexander Dennis signature vehicle will utilize the same E2 battery technology from Proterra that broke the world record for range last year, achieving 1,101.2 miles on a single charge with the Catalyst® bus.

Proterra E2 battery packs represent the heavy-duty industry's highest pack-level energy density at 157 Wh/kg and 260 Wh/L. In addition to Proterra E2 batteries, Alexander Dennis Enviro500 vehicles will be equipped with Proterra charging hardware and battery thermal management to ensure optimal vehicle performance.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro500 bus will provide Foothill Transit riders with an enhanced first-in-class experience, equipped with Wi-Fi, storage capacity and other amenities that create a comfortable and accessible commuter experience along Foothill's popular Silver Line route. As urbanization increases across California, Foothill Transit aims to attract new riders by being the first agency in North America to pioneer this state-of-the-art electric double deck bus technology. It also brings the agency closer to its goal of transitioning to a 100% electric fleet by 2030.

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