Proterra, an innovative US electric bus manufacturer, seems to now be maturing - and with that, refining its product.   An example of this is the addition of a new "Proterra Diagnostic Tool" and "Proterra Cold Weather Package" option.

After selling more than 400 vehicles (delivered and ordered), Proterra's buses will now be easier to diagnose, using an industry first dedicated Diagnostic Tool:

"The Diagnostic Tool is an industry first: the only diagnostic platform that allows technicians to access all vehicle systems in one place, with one intuitive interface.

A simple dashboard displays the vehicle’s functional layout, enabling users to monitor operation levels, see faults and resolve many issues directly through the interface without physically removing bus panels.

A virtual mechanic, the Diagnostic Tool provides access to most of the vehicle’s operational features, including monitoring of the overhead charging system. Wi-Fi enabled and offering both Bluetooth and USB connectivity, the Diagnostic Tool provides untethered freedom of movement in and around the bus.  Proterra will offer Diagnostic Tool demos today during the American Public Transportation Association Bus and Paratransit Conference in Reno, Nev, at Bus Display 13 and on Tues., May 9 at Booth 332."

Buses can now also be ordered with a Cold Weather Package, as chiller operating conditions are always a major issue with all-electric vehicles.

Proterra Catalyst E2 - Available With 440-660 kWh battery

Proterra Catalyst E2 - Available With 440-660 kWh battery

Proterra offers two options - standard and extreme Cold Weather Packages:

"To ensure safe and comfortable operation in winter conditions, the company is also introducing the Proterra Cold Weather Package.

Already, Proterra buses operate in a variety of climates throughout the U.S.  However, since the bus is electric and has no combustion engine, there is no excess heat to reuse within the vehicle.  The Cold Weather Package addresses this issue with two different configurations, depending on the severity of climate.  For regions with occasional snow and below-freezing temperatures, the Standard Cold Weather Package offers a front door and ADA ramp diffuser to remove ice and minimize slipping, heated mirrors to ensure better visibility, and a heated charge blade and scoop on the roof of the bus for consistent charging all winter.  In areas with more extreme winter weather, such as northern or mountain climate zones, the Extreme Cold Weather Package offers the features of the Standard Package, with additional auxiliary heat for sub-zero conditions to keep riders and drivers comfortable. In addition, a heated rear exit floor prevents ice buildup. Optional features, including integrated chains and belly pans, add an extra layer of safety and operational reliability."

Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra said:

“With transit agencies across the U.S. moving from fossil fuel buses to EV transit, we want to ensure the transition to battery-electric vehicles is seamless, and remove any adoption barriers related to operations and maintenance. Both the new Diagnostic Tool and Cold Weather Package help demonstrate our commitment to make that happen.”