Grants Provide States With $27.5 Million To Buy Proterra Electric Buses

4 days ago by Mark Kane 15

Proterra is the biggest winner from the latest round of Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment (Low-No) grant program, from the Federal Transit Administration.

King County Metro Transit’s Proterra electric bus

29 grant winners (out of a total 51), in 24 states, will receive funds to purchase electric buses from Proterra, good for a total of  $27.5 million (55 percent out of total $55 million).

21 agencies are now new Proterra customers, while eight already had Proterra buses in service.

Proterra will supply buses, batteries and charging infrastructure to:

  • Alabama
    • Alabama A&M University*
  • Alaska
    • City and Borough of Juneau*
  • California
    • City of Fairfield – Fairfield and Suisun Transit (FAST)*
    • Redding Area Bus Authority (RABA)*
    • City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT)*
  • Connecticut
    • Connecticut Department of Transportation
      • CTtransit – Hartford Division*
      • Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority*
  • Delaware
    • Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC)
  • Florida
    • City of Tallahassee (StarMetro)
  • Illinois
    • Bloomington-Normal Public Transit System (Connect Transit)*
  • Iowa
    • Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART)*
  • Kentucky
    • Lexington Transit Authority (Lextran)
  • Louisiana
    • Capital Area Transit System (CATS)*
    • Lafayette Transit System (LTS)*
  • Maryland
    • Ride-On Montgomery County Transit*
  • Michigan
    • Flint Mass Transit Authority (MTA)*
  • Montana
    • Missoula Urban Transportation District (Mountain Line)*
  • New Jersey
    • New Jersey Transit*
  • Nevada
    • Tahoe Transportation District*
  • North Carolina
    • Asheville Redefines Transit (ART)*
  • Oregon
    • South Metro Regional Transit (SMART)*
  • South Carolina
    • Greenville Transit Authority (GTA)*
    • City of Seneca
  • Tennessee
    • Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)
  • Texas
    • Lubbock CitiBus*
  • Utah
    • Park City Transit
  • Virginia
    • Hampton Roads Transit*
  • Washington
    • Kitsap Transit
  • Wisconsin
    • Metro Transit System (Metro)*

*New Proterra customer

Ryan Popple, CEO, Proterra said:

“We applaud these transit agencies for their march toward zero-emission, all-electric fleets. As we build momentum towards a cleaner, healthier future, we are excited to partner with this latest round of Low-No recipients to help eliminate fossil fuels from their transit operations.”

New Flyer and BYD also grabbed few projects:

Here is full list of projects:

Fiscal Year 2017 Low or No-Emission (Low-No) Bus Program Projects

State Project Sponsor Project Description Funding Amount
AK Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities will receive funding to purchase battery electric buses, associated charging infrastructure and a back-up generator to maintain bus service in a disaster situation. Juneau, the Capital City of Alaska, has a clean, renewable source of energy, local hydropower. Transitioning the fleet to all electric will eliminate emissions from diesel buses and emissions from shipping diesel fuel by barge 900 miles from Seattle. $408,130
AL Alabama A&M University Alabama A&M University’s Bulldog Transit System will receive funding to purchase electric buses, charging stations, and other associated equipment. BTS has a commitment to replace buses that have reached the end of their useful life with zero emission buses. $1,000,000
CA City of Fairfield The City of Fairfield will receive funding to purchase all-electric, zero-emission Proterra 35′ Catalyst E2 buses and supporting charging infrastructure as part of their Alternative Fuels and Fleet Replacement policy, which focuses on transitioning to an all-electric fleet. By replacing aging fleet vehicles with Proterra electric buses, the City of Fairfield will improve both route efficiency and air quality. $1,225,000
CA City of Los Angeles, Department of Transportation The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) will receive funding to purchase Proterra 35-foot, battery electric, zero emission buses with a capitalized lease for the electric battery and to install electric charging stations at the Sylmar/San Fernando Valley and Downtown Bus Facilities. The funding is for the incremental cost of a battery electric bus over a CNG bus and leverages federal, state, local utilities and local match to purchase the battery electric buses for service expansion. $1,225,000
CA Napa Valley Transportation Authority Napa Valley Transportation Authority will receive funding to purchase BYD 30′ battery electric buses to replace buses in a comprehensive revitalization of Vine Transit’s current revenue vehicle fleet. The 30′ battery electric buses will replace several vehicles at or near the end of their useful lives. All of the replacements are diesel powered heavy-duty buses that are past their twelve-year life span. $1,092,250
CA Redding Area Bus Authority Redding Area Bus Authority will receive funding to purchase all-electric Proterra 35-foot Catalyst E2 transit buses; install fast-charge bus charging stations with a charging cube and supporting infrastructure; make other necessary improvements to RABA’s maintenance depot; and train drivers and staff on operation and maintenance of buses and equipment. $746,456
CA Antelope Valley Transit Authority Antelope Valley Transit Authority will receive funding to purchase battery electric buses that will replace diesel buses that have exceeded useful life. AVTA is committed to having an all electric fleet by 2018. $705,347
CO State of Colorado Department of Transportation The State of Colorado Department of Transportation will receive funding to purchase zero emission buses for the Town of Vail, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, and the City of Boulder. The buses will replace diesel buses that have exceeded useful life. $1,450,000
CT Connecticut Department of Transportation The Connecticut Department of Transportation will receive funding to purchase 40′ Proterra E2 Max battery electric buses through a joint effort with CTtransit’s Hartford Division and Greater Bridgeport Transit. The project will be the next step in CTDOT’s zero emission bus deployment program with the goal to minimize the carbon emissions of Connecticut’s bus fleet. $1,450,000
DE Delaware Transit Corporation Delaware Transit Corporation will receive funding to purchase Proterra 35′ Catalyst E2 battery electric Buses, serving Wilmington and Sussex County. DTC will also deploy on-route chargers and depot chargers. $1,000,000
FL City of Gainesville Gainesville RTS will receive funding to purchase Gillig 40′ battery electric buses and depot chargers to replace diesel buses. These buses will be Gainesville RTS’s first zero emission buses, and one of the first deployments of the Gillig battery electric bus. $1,000,000
FL Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will receive funding to execute a second phase of its electric bus program to install charging infrastructure (on-route & charging bank for depot chargers) and buy electric buses. The charging infrastructure is an integral part of PSTA’s long-term battery electric bus program. $1,000,000
FL The Jacksonville Transportation Authority The Jacksonville Transportation Authority will receive funding to replace diesel buses with 40′ battery electric Gillig buses and chargers for an expansion route. The new route will serve a Park-n-Ride and a new Amazon distribution center that employs over 1,500 Jacksonville residents. Because the charging stations will utilize Jacksonville Electric Authority’s Solar Smart Power program, the buses will truly have zero emissions. $1,000,000
FL Broward County Broward County Transit (BCT) will receive funding to replace diesel buses that have met their useful life with all-electric 45′ over-the-road buses. Purchase of these buses will include associated depot charging infrastructure to support bus deployment. The buses will be operated on BCT’s express bus routes servicing the Southeast Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale and Miami. $1,000,000
FL City of Tallahassee The City of Tallahassee’s public transit service provider, StarMetro, will receive funding to replace aging diesel buses with 35-foot Proterra Catalyst fast-charge battery electric buses. The project will add to battery electric buses that are currently in StarMetro’s fleet. $1,000,000
GA Georgia Department of Transportation The Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation, will receive funding to purchase battery electric buses and supporting charging infrastructure. By replacing aging diesel vehicles with BYD 35′ K9S electric buses, MTA will increase overall fleet efficiency, reduce emissions, and develop the relevant skills and experience necessary to enable future expansion of zero emission buses. $1,750,000
HI City and County of Honolulu Honolulu will receive funding for Gillig battery electric buses with depot chargers in the Honolulu area as their inaugural project to transition their fleet to zero emission. This project is unique in that the buses will be charged during the day to take advantage of the renewable energy made available by the abundant solar and wind energy available on the island. Project partners are Oahu Transit Services, Gillig, Hawaiian Electric Company and the Center for Transportation and the Environment. $1,450,000
IA Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) Des Moines Area Regional Transit will receive funding to purchase all-electric replacement buses and to update supporting electrical infrastructure. Project partners are MidAmerican Energy and Proterra. These vehicles will be the first electric transit buses deployed in Iowa. $1,450,000
ID Mountain Rides Transportation Authority Mountain Rides will purchase heavy-duty, battery electric buses and fast charging infrastructure for its fixed route bus operations in Blaine County, Idaho. This project will begin to fulfill Mountain Rides’ goal of moving from diesel powered buses to cleaner, cheaper, easier to maintain battery electric buses. $500,000
IL Bloomington-Normal Public Transit System Connect Transit will receive funding to replace diesel buses used in fixed route service with zero-emission, 40-foot, battery electric buses. Connect will install solar power panels at an existing maintenance facility to support the electric bus deployment and reduce the costs associated with charging the buses. $1,450,000
IL Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit will receive funding to purchase New Flyer 60′ zero-emission fuel cell electric buses with supporting hydrogen infrastructure. This project will be the first commercial deployment of articulated fuel cell buses in the US. CUMTD will produce hydrogen on-site partially from renewable sources. $1,450,000
IN Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation IndyGo will receive funding to upgrade electrical infrastructure to charge electric buses at its operations facility. This upgrade supports IndyGo plans to replace all diesel buses with electric buses by 2032. IndyGo’s projected fleet will include 143 electric local buses and 56 electric rapid transit buses. $1,450,000
KY Transit Authority of Lexington (Lextran) Lextran will receive funding to purchase battery electric buses and on-route charging stations to service the University of Kentucky campus, City of Lexington, and Fayette County. The purchase will add to Lextran’s existing fast-charge fleet as well as introduce extended-range buses, allowing for expanded zero emission service, which will help to achieve both Lextran and UK campus sustainability goals. $1,000,000
LA Capital Area Transit System (CATS) CATS will add new Proterra 35′ Catalyst XR electric buses, depot charges, and an on-route fast charger to their bus fleet. The buses will be deployed on the Bus Rapid Transit Florida Boulevard, and Plank Road Routes and the newly planned North Baton Rouge HUB facility allowing several options for expansion. $500,000
LA Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government This project will introduce battery electric fueled buses to the Lafayette Transit System fleet, along with overnight charging stations. The Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government is looking to replace retired diesel fueled buses with Proterra zero emission battery electric fuel buses. The buses will be deployed in areas such as downtown and the University. $500,000
MA Massachusetts Department of Transportation The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority will receive funds to purchase all-electric transit buses and an energy storage system. $1,200,000
MD Montgomery County, Maryland Montgomery County, Maryland will receive funds to purchase Proterra 35′ E2 battery electric buses, as well as depot chargers, to replace diesel buses. The buses would be Montgomery County’s first zero-emission buses and would be a component of green and sustainable initiatives underway in the county. $1,750,000
MI Mass Transportation Authority The Mass Transportation Authority will receive funds to purchase and deploy electric buses as replacement buses for buses that have met and exceeded their useful life, as well as charging stations to provide the necessary infrastructure to support the fleet of electric vehicles. $500,000
MN Metropolitan Council / Metro Transit Metro Transit will receive funds to replace diesel buses with battery electric buses as well as the needed charging equipment. The buses will be used on the new C Line, which is a rapid bus line. $1,750,000
MO Bi-State Development Agency (Metro) St Louis Metro Transit will receive funds to replace older model diesel buses with battery electric city transit buses in the St Louis region. The goal is to integrate battery electric buses on specific high profile routes in the St Louis downtown and metropolitan area. Battery electric buses will allow Metro to continue to support the region’s sustainability and air quality efforts. $1,450,000
MT Missoula Urban Transportation District The two primary public transportation providers in Missoula, MUTD and ASUM-OT, are collaborating in the deployment of electric buses to advance agency goals to convert to clean vehicle technology. As a community that faces severe air quality issues, as well as record growth in transit ridership, this project is well supported by local and regional plans, and will deliver significant benefits to regional air quality. $500,000
NC City of Asheville The City of Asheville will receive funds to acquire 35-foot battery electric buses and chargers. This project will be the catalyst to transition Asheville’s transit fleet to 100% zero emission vehicles within 10 years. $633,333
NE City of Lincoln, Nebraska The City of Lincoln will receive funds to purchase electric buses that will replace heavy-duty diesel buses. The new buses will be used on routes that connect residents to employment opportunities. Additionally, electric charging stations, a transformer, and staff training on electric buses will be funded. $1,450,000
NJ New Jersey Transit NJ Transit is purchasing Proterra Catalyst electric buses to operate out of the Newton Avenue Garage. These buses will provide best in class fuel efficiency and will produce no local emissions. This will reduce ground level emissions of nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and particulates. $500,000
NM City of Las Cruces Building upon local plans, the City of Las Cruces will receive funding to purchase zero-emission buses that will replace aging diesel buses and expand their service area. The bus acquisition helps the city achieve its sustainability goals of economic viability, environmental health, and social responsibility while building a model for future battery electric bus procurements. $1,450,000
NV Tahoe Transportation District Tahoe Transportation District (TTD) will receive funding to expand their electric bus fleet. $850,000
NY Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority will receive funding to purchase electric buses, related maintenance equipment, and the installation of a charging system. These buses will be used for revenue service, replacing older diesel buses, resulting in significant reduction in emissions. $1,000,000
OH Stark Area Regional Transit Authority The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority will receive funding to purchase zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell transit buses sourced directly from ElDorado, supporting a significant leap toward cost-reducing economies of scale and commercialization of the American Fuel Cell Bus. $1,750,000
OK Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority The Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority will receive funding to replace diesel buses with New Flyer electric buses and chargers, and support workforce development. $797,550
OR Oregon Department of Transportation The Oregon Department of Transportation, in partnership with SMART, will receive funding to purchase battery electric buses for fixed routes servicing the City of Wilsonville, Oregon. By replacing aging diesel buses with Proterra 35′ E2 electric buses, SMART will increase overall fleet efficiency, reduce emissions, improve ride quality, and develop the relevant skills and experience necessary to enable future expansion of zero-emission buses. $1,450,000
PA Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAAC) PAAC will purchase 40-foot battery electric buses and rapid electric charging stations. The new electric buses will be operated on Port Authority’s 88 Penn route serving Pittsburgh’s East End. Also included in this project is workforce training and development. $500,000
SC South Carolina Department of Transportation The City of Seneca and Oconee County will purchase 35′ Proterra Catalyst zero-emission extended-range battery electric buses to the nation’s first all-electric transit bus system. This project is part of a planned all-electric transit service expansion to two municipalities in rural Oconee County. $1,450,000
SC Greenville Transit Authority Greenville TA is partnering with Proterra to purchase battery electric transit buses, overhead and depot chargers, and related equipment and infrastructure. By replacing vehicles that have exceeded their useful life, this project will improve the condition of buses providing regular passenger service, improve air quality, and reduce expenses associated with operating diesel vehicles. $1,450,000
TN Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority Nashville MTA is partnering with Proterra to purchase battery electric transit buses that will operate on the Music City Circuit downtown circulator routes. MTA is extending one of the Music City Circuit routes to connect to Tennessee State University’s main campus. $500,000
TX City of Lubbock/Citibus The City of Lubbock and local transit agency Citibus will receive funding to purchase Proterra 40′ fast-charge electric buses that will be used on the Texas Tech University campus. The project also includes an on-route fast charger and depot charger. By replacing diesel buses that have exceeded their useful life with battery electric buses, Citibus will reduce overall fleet energy consumption, maintenance costs, and emissions. $1,750,000
TX VIA Metropolitan Transit VIA Metropolitan Transit will receive funding to replace diesel buses with battery electric buses. The new battery electric buses will support urban renewal efforts in the downtown area as well as VIA’s workforce development program. VIA’s use of 100% renewable grid power ensures the battery electric buses will truly be zero emissions. $1,750,000
UT Utah Department of Transportation Park City Transit will purchase long-range battery electric 35′ Proterra Catalyst E2 buses with depot chargers to replace diesel buses. The electric buses will help create a Resort Connector Express route, providing high-frequency service to major activity and employment areas. The fully electric RCX would also connect to the newly implemented fully electric Bus Rapid Transit route. $500,000
VA Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads Hampton Roads Transit will purchase 40-ft Proterra Catalyst E2 Extended Range Electric Buses and associated Depo Plug-in Chargers. These buses have the benefit of improving air quality by eliminating dangerous particulate emissions, and results in a savings of 14.5 million pounds of carbon emissions during the useful life of the buses. $500,000
VT Vermont Agency of Transportation The Vermont Agency of Transportation will receive funding to purchase electric buses. The project is a collaborative effort that includes a local utility, bus company, state, as well as a private energy company and will support reduced energy consumption & emissions. Buses will be deployed at Green Mountain Transit in Burlington, Vermont. $480,000
WA Kitsap County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority Kitsap Transit will receive funding to replace diesel buses with battery electric buses and charging infrastructure. In 2016, KT dedicated local funding to the demonstration of one battery electric bus in its service area located in Kitsap County, WA. KT is collaborating with Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, Puget Sound Energy, and EV Support to analyze the advanced technology buses and infrastructure. $1,000,000
WI City of Madison Metro Transit will receive funding to purchase 40′ battery electric buses that will replace diesel buses. The project will begin the fleet transition to all electric buses. The City of Madison has a goal to convert the fleet to 50% electric by 2035. $1,278,950
Total $54,992,016

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15 responses to "Grants Provide States With $27.5 Million To Buy Proterra Electric Buses"

  1. Viking79 says:

    For the DART buses in Des Moines, IA, they incorrectly claim they are the first electric buses here in IA. Cedar Rapids, IA had one the the countries earlier electric bus programs almost 20 years ago, but it didn’t last long since the buses were no good, the highest mileage one hit about 24k miles vs 1 million or so for a diesel bus.
    http://evworld.com/news.cfm?newsid=15780

  2. jelloslug says:

    It’s about time that the Greenville Transit Authority buys some of those buses considering that they are built there.

  3. TomBrown says:

    It’s a start I suppose- $27.5 million that is. Seems like a drop in the bucket though.

    Hopefully it’s a small world amongst transit authorities so good word of mouth will get these US made electric buses accepted more quickly.

    Maybe a side benefit will be folks riding these buses will appreciate the luxuriously silent and smooth nature of EV’s and if they’re in a position to purchase a car it’ll more likely be an EV… Or maybe we’ll all just be sharing autonomous EV’s in the next decade.

  4. Jim J Fox says:

    Would it not be better value to convert existing diesels to EV’s- at a cost below that of a new EV?
    At about price parity with new diesel bus?

    1. Jim J Fox says:

      This would get more diesels off the road- cos you can bet the old buses won’t be scrapped but onsold to less ethical owners…

    2. jelloslug says:

      How would you charge it?

    3. Mikey says:

      Here in Madison, WI some of the buses are rusted out. I’ll bet those are the buses that will be replaced, and it wouldn’t make any sense to upgrade them, since they’re ready to be scrapped.

  5. Steven says:

    No love for Pennsylvania.
    I guess SEPTA screwed up again.

  6. Ziv says:

    Missoula Montana is a poster child for electric buses. It is located in a valley that is notorious for horrible short term particle pollution, it has been in the top 10 for worst cities in the US a couple times. They have closed down most of the lumber mills but eliminating any other pollutants from the Missoula area is a good idea.
    It is great to see Proterra score some of these grants!

  7. Ron M says:

    The city of Shenzun China population 11.9 million will have replaced or converted all 14,000 of it’s buses with electric buses by the end of 2017

    1. Eric W. says:

      Wow! Thanks for the comment. I had to Google it, not that you don’t seem like a trust worthy internet poster 🙂 and found link –
      https://cleantechnica.com/2017/11/12/100-electric-bus-fleet-shenzhen-pop-11-9-million-end-2017/

      People in China can build some remarkable things in short period of time. As the above article states, it makes you wonder why the West is taking so long to do the same.

      1. Ziv says:

        Because China is a single party authoritarian state with little in the way of individual rights or input into the decisions of the ruling party. Most of the West is one sort of republic or another.
        Guess which one most people would rather live in? Guess which one can build large, albeit relatively simple, projects quickly? The answers would seem to be obvious. Life isn’t simple, though.

    2. Windbourne says:

      Great.
      So now, they will get all of their buses energy from coal plants which emit a LOT MORE POLLUTION than those diesel buses that they had.

      1. Ziv says:

        W, that is so far from the truth that it is not even funny. Even if an electric car is powered with electricity powered entirely from coal, which is very rare, that BEV is still cleaner than any ICE vehicle getting less than 35 or 40 mpg.

  8. Windbourne says:

    This is good news.
    Proterra produces a better bus than does BYD.
    The difference is that BYD is heavily subsidized by Chinese gov to dump these over here.

    Hopefully, Trump will raise tariffs on BYD buses, even those assembled here.

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