Green-White Next Generation 40′ Proterra Bus (w/video)

3 years ago by Mark Kane 8

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Optimization algorithms don’t like it much when we do short stories like this one (so you’ll never be able to search back to see it again), however it’s hard to pass on this Proterra electric bus, which here is shown for the very first time in non all-white paint.

It looks rather futuristic and with quick charging in under 10-miutes, it sure is.

The two first units already are ordered by Foothill Transit in California and hopefully we will see more of these on the roads soon.

Here is also short video from Philadelphia:

“On Monday, July 14th, 2014, Proterra had a display of their 100% electric bus at SEPTA’s headquarters in Philadelphia. Here’s a look at it pulling away for the test drive.”

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8 responses to "Green-White Next Generation 40′ Proterra Bus (w/video)"

  1. Stimpacker says:

    What other vehicles are large, carries lots of cargo and has a similar start-stop driving pattern? They go past my house everyday.

    Answer: FedEx and UPS delivery trucks.

    Wonder if they should market (if they haven’t already) EVs to these private carriers?

    1. dr_bbz says:

      Check out this from the Postal Service. A history of their use of electric vehicles. 115 years of EV use.

      http://about.usps.com/who-we-are/postal-history/electric-vehicles.pdf

      1. TomArt says:

        That’s a really cool link – thanks!

        I just read the whole thing, and it was actually pretty sad – so many tests of EVs were never completed because the companies that made them decided to stop making them – all around the same time that CARB dropped their ZEV mandates.

        It had nothing to do with whether the vehicles were any good – the companies pulled the plug (ooh, bad pun…) without justification, without waiting for results.

  2. GeorgeS says:

    My favorite bus.

    Made right here in the good old USA.

    This bus should be affordable. It only has around 48 kwh battery but relies on quick charging.

    Also, it is quoted as being composite but it is fiberglass composite not CRFP.

    I think it could use a little range extender though.

  3. Stephen says:

    I am excited to see these buses will be on the streets of Seattle. The hybrid and FCEV buses in Seattle and Whistler respectively are still pretty noisy. I hope these will contribute to a cleaner and quieter city environment.

  4. kdawg says:

    Was that water from the air-conditioner?

  5. Ellison says:

    This and the BYD buses Stanford are buying lead the pack of transit buses.

    Let’s all encourage our local transit agencies to do the wise thing and get them going forward to clear our local air.

    The end price with diesel and maintenance savings is very similar.

  6. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

    IMO dedicated bus lanes and accordion buses with inductive charging in the ground at stops make more sense than light rail or trolleys.