Proterra Enters Canadian Market With First Order From Toronto

JUN 16 2018 BY MARK KANE 6

Proterra received its first order for electric buses in Canada.

10 Catalyst E2 will be delivered to Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) in 2019 and operate out of the Mount Dennis Bus garage, serving routes nearby.

It’s expected that the 10 Proterra buses will generate operational cost savings of more than $5.9 million CAD ($4.5 million USD).

The TTC intends to convert its entire fleet to zero-emission vehicles by 2040. With 1,926 buses in service, it will be quite a big customer (the average number of orders would need to be nearly 90 a year).

In the initial phase, TTC orders 30 electric buses from three leading manufacturers (10 copies each).

In total, there are some 24,000 buses in Canada and every year around 1,000 need to be replaced with new ones.

Proterra so far has sold more than 590 electric buses (delivered and ordered).

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)

“The TTC is the most heavily used urban mass transit system in all of Canada, and the third largest in North America, after the New York City Transit Authority and Mexico City Metro. TTC’s bus fleet serves nearly 2,750,000 residents with an average ridership of 253 million per year, and provides mass transit links throughout the broader metropolitan area.

In July of 2017, the City of Toronto’s TransformTO action plan set a target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% by 2050. With 10 Catalyst buses, the City of Toronto will displace more than 4,853,091 liters of diesel over the vehicles’ lifetime, and eliminate over 1,039,000 kg of carbon emissions annually, lowering the associated health risks. In addition to the environmental benefits, the new electric buses also have the potential to save money for the TTC, since they need less energy to operate and require less maintenance. Over their lifetime, the 10 Proterra buses are expected to deliver operational cost savings of more than $5.9 million CAD.

The Proterra Catalyst E2 vehicle has proven its 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 TTC driving conditions because of its purpose-built electric bus design, corrosion-resistant composite body, energy-dense batteries and efficient drivetrain. 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 some electric bus technologies, the Proterra battery integrates thermal management and proprietary state of charge algorithms that enable long life, rapid charge times and operation in virtually any climate.

The battery-electric buses will go into service in 2019 and operate out of the Mount Dennis Bus garage, serving routes nearby. With these Proterra battery-electric buses on the road, the TTC’s riders will enjoy the combined benefits of zero-emission mass transit technology, improved community air quality, and a modern, accessible electric vehicle experience.”

Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra said:

“Toronto’s fleet transformation represents the latest move in this greater electrification trend. We are ready to show citizens across Canada, and the world, that our technology not only dramatically reduces emissions, but also provides savings to the cities that operate our buses.”

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6 Comments on "Proterra Enters Canadian Market With First Order From Toronto"

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Lamata

In the 0ld Days up until 1979 as I remember it TTC Used all EV’s Trams & buses with overhead Wires , they were Quiet & Clean …Then they started F0SSIL Fuels & Ruined it all..Glad to see they’re coming to their Senses, Again!

Ziv

Proterra’s current operations number on Wikipedia has gone from 172 to 281 over the past year, and their sales figure is at 375, so they may have a bit of an order backlog. I hope they continue to build great electric buses and that they grow the company as well. There are a lot of diesel buses to replace!

Robert Weekley

Just wondering… Who are the other 2 Bus Makers? BYD? Volvo? Anyone?

Ziv

BYD and New Flyer were the other two. New Flyer is a Canadian company and BYD is one of the biggest electric bus makers that sells both inside and outside of China, so all 3 have a strong case.

Courtney vegan

Replacing all those load buses that octranspo (Ottawa Canada) has, would be great for my ear drums. Diesel buses are on the way out,like the cars. The sooner the better.

Mat

I wonder about these orders from the US? Once Canada slaps a 25% import tax on them, they may no longer be able to compete against BYD and the like that come from China or the European Union. Same is true for Tesla, unless made in China. Or we just build the buses here in Canada. After all, Canadian Magna International makes electric drivetrains.