Proterra announced a new, shorter 35-foot Catalyst electric bus based on the 40-foot version (in photos).
The nimbler bus already attracted its first customer -specifically the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), who ordered 7 units.
DART bought the Fast Charging (FC) versions with two overhead semi-autonomous fast chargers, so the energy will be replenished in less than 10 minutes.
The 35 foot bus uses the TerraFlex Energy System, which provides customers with the ability to choose between 53 kWh to 321 kWh of energy storage - depending on if they want a long range solution, or a shorter range, but with multiple fast charges - we believe DART's buses are of the 53 kWh option (up to almost ~30 miles of range) given the fast charging claims.
DART president and executive director Gary Thomas said:
"We believe in staying at the forefront of transit, so Proterra's high performance zero-emission electric buses were an easy decision for us to make. These buses will give our riders and drivers the most modern bus transit experience on the road,"
Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra said:
"The overwhelming success of our 40-foot Catalyst bus continues to drive new demand. We're pleased to have Dallas as our first customer as they redefine their urban core and invest in a Smart City vision, prioritizing infrastructure, mobility, and connected living. With Texas' growing wind capacity, we're pleased to provide a complementary clean mobility solution that will help Dallas improve its local air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions."
About the Catalyst:
"Built from the ground-up to be completely optimized as an EV, the Catalyst is the only purpose-built bus in its class, recently proving its industry-leading performance by breaking four national records with the 40-foot vehicle in efficiency, gradeability, weight and acceleration at the Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center. "The modular approach we have taken with the Catalyst design enables us to stay at the forefront of innovation and enable our customers to optimize their fleets over the average 12-year life of the bus," said John Sleconich, Chief Engineer at Proterra. "Road safety is paramount to our design, so we've integrated a collision avoidance system that offers both safety benefits as well as potential customer savings."
The modular configuration is a part of Proterra's tech-centric approach to electrifying mass transit routes across the United States. It offers customers the flexibility to change or upgrade the energy storage and charging systems as their transit needs evolve. By choosing from two base vehicle sizes, then configuring each bus with the right type of energy storage and charging systems, transit agencies can meet each route's daily range requirements, remain adaptable to future changes, eliminate fossil fuel emissions in their communities and ultimately save money over the lifetime of their vehicles."