American EV bus manufacturer Proterra Inc. launched its second generation all-electric bus, The Proterra Solution, at the American Public Transportation Association Bus and Paratransit Conference.
The Proterra Solution, the company’s first 40 foot model, weighs less than any other transit bus available today and offers the highest fuel efficiency on the market.
The model also features a fast-charge system that keeps the bus on the road with no requirement to take them out of service for long charging periods, one-step access for ease-of-maintenance and industry-leading ergonomics.
As the only manufacturer with EV transit buses in actual revenue service anywhere in the United States, Proterra also announced that its buses had logged more than 340,000 miles in revenue service to date. Cities currently operating Proterra electric buses include Stockton, Calif.; San Antonio, Texas; Tallahassee, Fla.; Worcester, Mass.; Reno, Nev. and Pomona, Calif.
“The Proterra Solution allows us to incorporate key learnings from our buses’ years in revenue service on routes across the U.S. to improve upon our already strong and proven EV tradition,” said Proterra Vice President of Marketing Heidi McNary. “With first mover advantage in the marketplace, this next-generation product incorporates industry insight that enables us to uniquely respond to the performance requirements and operational needs of transit customers.”
This milestone and launch come on the heels of several other recent successes for Proterra, including recently setting the record for the most miles traveled by a battery-electric bus in a day (710 miles in 24 hours), key contract wins in Nashville and Louisville and the purchase of additional Proterra buses by existing customers.
“Proterra has shown the industry that EV not only works, but offers the lowest total cost of ownership and most environmentally-friendly option for communities everywhere,” added McNary. “In short, just as its name implies, the Proterra Solution was designed to solve many of the pressing challenges facing today’s cities.”