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Proterra Catalyst E2 Bus Gets 600 Miles Between Charges

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By    |   Tuesday, 13 Sep 2016 10:04 AM

Proterra's Catalyst E2 Bus, an electric-powered transportation vehicle, went more than 600 miles on one charge in tests at a Michigan proving ground.

Proterra, a Silicon Valley startup company, focuses on fully electric buses meant for use in public transportation, and the Catalyst E2 was unveiled Monday at the annual meeting of the American Public Transit Association, said Bloomberg.

Ryan Popple, Proterra's chief executive officer, said the 600-mile, passengerless test in Michigan translated to about 350 miles of real world bus driving, a target the company had been trying to reach, said USA Today.

"Proterra's primary goal has always been to create a purpose-built, high-performance electric vehicle that can serve every single transit route in the United States," Popple said. "Today, with the unveiling of the Catalyst E2 Series, that goal has been achieved.

"The question is no longer who will be an early adopter of this technology, but rather who will be the last to commit to a future of clean, efficient, and sustainable mobility. With the Catalyst E2 offering a no-compromise replacement for all fossil fuel buses, battery-electric vehicles have now broken down the final barrier to widespread market adoption."

Proterra said that at the travel range between 194 to 350 miles without a charge, the Catalyst E2 series should be able to meet most U.S. mass transit routes, allowing it to replace fossil fuel transit vehicles. Proterra said its buses have a storage capacity of 440 to 660 kilowatt hours.

Wired magazine pointed out, though, that the Catalyst E2 series does come at a price. Its base price of $799,000 compares to $300,000 for conventional diesel-powered transit buses.

"Public buses, in particular, are perfect candidates for electrification," said Aarian Marshall, a Wired transportation writer. "They drive predictable routes, so don't need a sprawling charging infrastructure. Long charge times (three to five hours for the E2) don't matter, since they're usually parked overnight."

Wired said Foothill Transit, near Los Angeles, is already on board for a new Catalyst E2 in 2017.

Almost half the public buses in the U.S. are already running on hybrid fuel alternatives, according to the American Public Transit Association, per Wired.

"We just surpassed one million miles of revenue service with our battery-electric Proterra fleet, and we're looking forward to many more miles to come," said Doran Barnes, executive director of Foothill Transit.

"Since our first EV bus procurement with Proterra in 2010, we knew that zero-emission buses were the future of mass transit. Now, with the new Catalyst E2, this vision is a reality. We're excited by the possibilities of an all-electric future."

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