Eight new and existing Proterra customers have won Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Grants to buy electric buses - good news for the US based eBus maker!
With $22.8 million from the 2016 Low-No grants program, transit agencies in the US intend to order a total of 35 Proterra Catalysts.
Proterra boasts that has more battery-electric buses on the road today in North America than any other manufacturer and total orders stands at 287 vehicles from 38 cities.
The current batch of new orders consist of 35’ and 40’ Catalyst in FC (short range/fast charge) and XR (long-range) versions:
- Delaware Transit Corporation (Wilmington, DE) will receive six 35’ Catalyst XR buses
- Everett Transit (Everett, WA) will receive four 40’ Catalyst XR buses
- Lextran (Lexington, KY) will receive one 40’ Catalyst FC bus
- Park City Transit (Park City, UT) will receive six 40’ Catalyst FC buses
- Pierce Transit (Pierce County, WA) will receive two 40’ Catalyst FC buses
- Port Arthur Transit (Port Arthur, TX) will receive six 35’ Catalyst FC buses
- Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will receive five 40’ Catalyst XR buses
- SporTran (Shreveport, LA) will receive five 35’ Catalyst FC buses
"For Low-No grant recipients like Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), this represents a new era of mobility as the Silicon Valley’s transit agency expects to roll out five 40’ Catalyst XR buses as a pilot program to support their innovation strategy, which aims to improve the transit customer experience, offer better transportation choices, and optimize VTA vehicles, roadways and other mobility infrastructure. VTA serves nearly two million residents with an average weekday ridership of 104,583, and is incubating a number of technologies to optimize the transit customer experience."
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority General Manager and CEO Nuria Fernandez said:
“As the transit agency serving Silicon Valley, the most emblematic innovation hub in the world, it is our role to provide our communities with the most forward-thinking mobility solutions on the market. Integrating Proterra’s zero emission buses into our system is a top priority as we continue to redefine our transit systems. We’re pleased to embark on this partnership with Proterra, as the company helps us achieve our innovation and sustainability goals.”
Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra said:
“For so long transit agencies had little choice when it came to mass transit solutions, so we take great pride in in the fact that we are enabling the national shift from fossil fuel to electric. This additional wave of orders underscores our nation’s commitment to democratize and decarbonize transit, which is a key enabler of prosperity, job security and improved air quality.”