Can Proterra Electric Bus Climbs Steep Grade Of California Street? (Video)

JUN 12 2014 BY MARK KANE 10

If you ever wondered if the Proterra electric bus is able to climb up the steep grade on California Street, believe us, it can.

California Street is one of the longest streets in San Francisco and Proterra EcoRide can go up it in less than 60 seconds.

If you still don’t believe us, then here is video:

“The Proterra EcoRide travels the steep grade of California Street in San Francisco.”

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I would figure that climbing hills and steep inclines would be a particular strength of electric motors in general. Glad to see this bus does not disappoint. It would be nice to see how much energy gets regenerated on the way back down.

Definitely. That’s why electric trollybuses have long been popular in hilly cities, like Seattle and Vancouver.

The innovation in electric buses is mainly about the batteries and charging.

Yes, hilly cities like Kyiv in Ukraine have always invested in trolleybuses.

Cheap and effective. Makes you wonder why the whole hype over battery buses of cost.

Why would anyone ever wonder that?

If you’ve ever walked up California (I have many times while staying at the Fairmont (the corner where the bus ended up), you would be wondering that….. 😉

Actually, the intersection street (Powell) is a lot steeper but just not as long.

I have walked my fair share of steep streets in San Fransico (and accidently started a fire alarm in a hotel in china town so that the whole building had to evacuate at 2 in the morning :P).

My point being is that if some kind of ICE can make it up that street then any kind of EV can do it.
It’s like wondering if an ICE can drive a long distance, say 300 miles, on one tank of gas when there are plenty of cars that can do 1200 miles without filling up.

Just goes to show what a carbon fiber body on a bus can do in the weight dept. Lifting the wt is where all the energy goes.

I sure would like to see every city have nothing but electric buses or at least 90%

I assume and hope it was designed and tested to account for a bus load of passengers. That bus appeared to be empty.

Not so fast. Was that bus packed with passengers to the doors? If not, then that’s not a valid test. Everyday on the 1-California trolley bus line, many buses are stuffed with passengers to the bottom step of front and rear doors (yes, some drivers don’t care much on how passengers crowd onto the bus) in a crush load and the trolley buses have no trouble even accelerating when climbing up Sacramento Street even in stop-and-go traffic up 3-blocks of steep hill. The diesel buses (unsure about the newer hybrids) slowly struggles up those same hills even when the bus isn’t crowded. I grew up riding the 1-California bus line and know the needs and requirements very well when it comes to assigning it with buses that works. This battery bus shown in the video still has some more tests to prove by carrying a crush load of people (meaning no standing room remaining behind the driver) up and over Nob Hill (as well as Noe Valley and Potrero Hill) without losing more than 25% of battery charge climbing up those hills.