Proterra Catalyst Electric Bus Will Shuttle Super Bowl LII Attendees

FEB 3 2018 BY MARK KANE 15

This year, Super Bowl LII will be more electrifying than ever as the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) will deploy a 40-foot all-electric Proterra Catalyst E2 bus as a special shuttle.

Proterra Catalyst E2 heads to Super Bowl 52

Proterra was selected to take on this job for Super Bowl week (from Friday, January 26 through February 4 on Super Bowl Sunday) in freezing temperatures.

This should be a huge boost for electric buses, as few if any exist in Minnesota right now. We hope to see the shuttle on screen during Super Bowl LII festivities this weekend.

Proterra already sold more than 500 electric buses (delivered or ordered for delivery).

You can find details for the electric bus schedule here.

“The routes are scheduled to run during rush hour and weekend peak hours, shuttling customers from popular destinations such as the Mall of America, the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis, Cedar Grove and Burnsville Transit Stations. Beginning on Friday, January 26 through February 4 on Super Bowl Sunday, the Proterra bus will operate during freezing temperatures. The vehicle’s performance remains reliable through extreme weather because its E2 battery system includes active thermal management which monitors battery cell temperature and voltage, with more than 70 sensors capturing 160 different diagnostic data streams from each battery pack. Unlike other electric bus technologies, the Proterra battery integrates liquid cooling and proprietary state of charge algorithms that enable long life, rapid charge times and operation in virtually any climate.

MVTA chose the Proterra Catalyst E2 because of its proven transit performance in other similar climates such as Worcester Regional Transit Authority in Massachusetts and Park City Transit in Utah. The Catalyst E2 is ideal for MVTA driving conditions because of its purpose-built electric bus design, energy-dense batteries and efficient drivetrain. Proterra recently broke the world record for range, achieving 1,101.2 miles on a single charge utilizing E2 battery technology.”

MVTA Executive Director Luther Wynder said:

“As thousands of people flock to the Twin Cities for the Big Game, it’s paramount that we deliver on our promise to provide reliable, high-performance transit to all of our riders. By deploying the Proterra® battery-electric bus during the busiest week of the year, we will share this state-of-the-art technology with travelers from near and far.”

Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra said:

“With thousands of visitors coming to town, this was the perfect time to team up with MVTA and demonstrate the Catalyst E2 vehicle’s unique cold-weather performance capabilities. To compete in the transit market, we’ve placed great emphasis on designing for durability, and we’ve created a drivetrain and battery system that completely outperforms conventional fossil-fuel powered drivetrains in every major performance category. We’re excited to support MVTA and our transit partners as they redefine what it means to move the masses.”

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15 Comments on "Proterra Catalyst Electric Bus Will Shuttle Super Bowl LII Attendees"

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Odd, that’s what I always thought of rugby.

Pretty cool.

I wonder how many MAGA followere will refuse to ride in it? CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP FOLKS

I like the idea of MAGA and I really like using all American electricity to power my car and any vehicles I ride in. Don’t confuse leadership positions for what the voters think. GOP voters aren’t like Dems, wwe are allowed to make up our own mindsz on issues. It is the personal responsibility aspect that the GOP espouses and the Dems disdain.

Wait a minute, so you voter for leaders that you do not agree with? Please explain.

Wait a minute, you mean you agree with the leaders of your party 100% of the time? That isn’t healthy. I agreed with Reagan about 90% of the time and that is the most I have ever agreed with a President. I agreed with Bush 1 and Bush 2 about 75% of the time.
If you don’t disagree with your candidates on some issues you aren’t thinking for yourself.

Ok that’s the issue we have different political views on issues, I was too young to care about Reagan but I agreed with Bush 1 about 50% and Bush 2 about 20%, clinton 75%, Obama 90% so from our napkin data we do vote for leaders that have similar political views. I think you’re born liberal or conservative LOL but I don’t hate you or think you’re unamerican. And I’m not insinuating that you hate me either LOL

I took Current Events as a Junior and then again as a Senior in High School. I graduated in 1980. Can you imagine taking a class in which you study the news of the day and the news is dominated by Jimmy Carter stumbling around the Presidency like a well meaning but ineffectual simpleton? I think that is why I ended up a conservative.
We are all shaped not just by family and experience, but by the events we grow up with.
I don’t think liberals are evil, I just think that the full impact of what they are trying to do will have negative unintended consequences that will out-weigh the good they are striving to achieve.

Sadly, we’ve come to the point where people vote for the candidate they hate the least.

I think we vote for the candidate that has the best chance of winning even if we don’t like them 100%.

Steven, I couldn’t agree more. There is a scene in a Patrick O”Brian book where the Captain is dining in his officers and Dr. Maturin. There is a long set up, but the punchline is simple, “In the service, we must choose the lesser of two weevils.” I feel like that is our choice when we get in the voting booth. Choose the candidate who will do the least damage, i.e. the lesser of two evils.

That scene made it to the movie.

The caption on the first photo says that it will be in service for “Demonstration basis”.

To me, this means that they haven’t made the commitment to go BEV, and just want to “show off” that they spent money on a green cause.

Even if they served one route, but on a full schedule, I would think differently.

I will not be surprised if MAGA supporters will refuse to ride in the EV bus and will wait for the diesel LOL electric vehicles have become a culture war issue

“500 sold or ordered” is a drop relative to China, where in 2016 some 115000 (!) electric busses were sold ( Really the US and Europe should move some more e-busses, otherwise the world market will be all up to the Chinese.