Proterra electric bus

Proterra electric bus

Proterra announced a new flexible offer of electric buses with range of up to 180 miles.

Earlier, the company was focused solely on smaller battery packs with fast charging system in less than 10 minutes. Now, Proterra should be able to compete directly with BYD's long-range buses.

"To more fully serve the diverse needs of the North American transit market, Proterra Inc., the leading provider of zero-emission battery-electric buses, has launched a new extended-range product line. With the introduction of the new TerraVolt™ XR extended-range battery, Proterra buses can now be configured to travel up to 180 miles between charges. This newest high energy density battery complements the existing TerraVolt™ FC fast-charge battery which has been extensively tested over nearly one million customer revenue miles.

These two battery packs are key components of Proterra’s revolutionary TerraFlex™ energy system and can be used interchangeably in the Catalyst™ vehicle platform. This system enables customers to select the right amount and type of energy storage to meet specific route requirements. Once customized, operators can easily reconfigure battery packs to meet evolving service needs. Both battery systems are compatible with Proterra’s on-route and in-depot chargers, resulting in a platform with ultimate flexibility at the lowest cost."

Matt Horton, vice president of sales and marketing at Proterra, Inc. stated:

“Operating successfully in cities across the country, the Proterra Catalyst™ is the most energy-efficient transit bus on the market. Adding extended-range capabilities to our existing portfolio of fast-charge products, enables us to help our customers meet more of their most demanding service requirements. The flexibility of our platform allows our customers to more confidently invest in the future of transit.”

There will be two main options:

  • The fast-charge Catalyst™ FC with 53 kWh and 131 kWh TerraVolt™ FC and charging capability in under 10 minutes
  • The extended-range Catalyst™ XR with 129 kWh and 321 kWh TerraVolt™ XR and charging capability in a little over an hour
Customers can check for the best solution for them using this new configurator.