Proterra Electric Bus Trial Underway In Alaska
Electric vehicles and really cold weather are a tough combination, but more and more capable BEVs are aspiring now to serve in frigid places like Anchorage, Alaska.
The Municipality of Anchorage’s (MOA) Public Transportation Department (PTD) announced that it’s trialing the new 40-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 electric bus for the next four months.
Cold weather affects EVs because electric heating consumes a lot of energy, decreasing range, while in most cases batteries struggles to charge quickly at low temperatures.
The bus operates everyday on routes 10, 25, and 35.
PTD encourages users to share experiences riding the battery-powered bus on social media using #ElectricRideANC.
“The MOA and Proterra will debut the new bus at a kickoff event and Anchorage Assembly tour starting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at the PTD Administration Building, 3600 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Anchorage. The bus will begin serving routes for the general public starting Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 for a four month trial period.
Kickoff Event/Assembly Tour – January 11, 2018
10:30-11am – Bus will be available for press photos
11 – 11:15am – Presentation/Overview will be given to the Anchorage Assembly members and Press
11:15 – 12pm – Bus driving tour to the Dimond Transit Center and back
The four month trial period will test how the bus performs in winter weather, how cold temperatures affect the battery life and whether it’s feasible to pursue an electric bus fleet in the future. PTD partnered with MOA’s Solid Waste Services (SWS) to lease the bus. SWS will also be monitoring its performance to help establish the feasibility of electric garbage trucks.
A Proterra Catalyst bus is 100% electric, emitting zero tailpipe emissions or pollutants—reducing CO2 emissions by an astounding 243,980 lbs. annually per diesel vehicle replaced. Without a combustion engine, a Catalyst vehicle also substantially reduces noise pollution.”