Proterra Launches 2nd Generation Electric Bus

MAY 10 2014 BY MARK KANE 7

Proterra EcoRide BE35

Proterra EcoRide BE35

Proterra recently unveiled at the American Public Transportation Association Bus and Paratransit Conference in Kansas City its second generation all-electric bus called the Solution.

While the previous Proterra EcoRide BE35 was 35 foot long, the Solution is the first 40-foot model and, according to the manufacturer, it weighs less than any other transit bus available today (the battery pack is probably very small).

Uncharged for the 2nd generation is the minutes-to-charge fast-charge system, which enables the bus to drive 710 miles in 24 hours.

“As the only manufacturer with EV transit buses in actual revenue service anywhere in the United States, Proterra also announced that its buses had logged more than 340,000 miles in revenue service to date. Cities currently operating Proterra all-electric buses include Stockton, Calif.; San Antonio, Texas; Tallahassee, Fla.; Worcester, Mass.; Reno, Nev. and Pomona, Calif.”

Proterra Vice President of Marketing Heidi McNary stated:

“The Proterra Solution allows us to incorporate key learnings from our buses’ years in revenue service on routes across the U.S. to improve upon our already strong and proven EV tradition. With first mover advantage in the marketplace, this next-generation product incorporates industry insight that enables us to uniquely respond to the performance requirements and operational needs of transit customers.”

“Proterra has shown the industry that EV not only works, but offers the lowest total cost of ownership and most environmentally-friendly option for communities everywhere. In short, just as its name implies, the Proterra Solution was designed to solve many of the pressing challenges facing today’s cities.”

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7 Comments on "Proterra Launches 2nd Generation Electric Bus"

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Modularizing the traction motor, controller, etc., seems pretty smart for quick fixes. Just swap and go, while the techs have time to get it back into service.

This bus is trick.

The BYD bus is a POS.

Is this statement more Chinese bashing or BYD bashing. Warren Buffet usually is not wrong.
I am not a fan of this Proterra bus. It has to recharge often. This requires many recharging stations along its route. There is an added monetary cost because of this. There is very little flexibility in the route itself. If there is construction, a snow storm or any other detour this bus would seem to be worthless if there is not recharging station on the new route. If the power goes out at a few stations or there is any other equipment failures at a station, this bus could be useless.
My personal belief is that this bus is selling better than the BYD here in the USA is because BYD is Chinese and many prefer American built over Chinese even if the Chinese bus is better. We need to do a side by side comparison of both buses under many conditions to know which is best.

I hate launches without any technical specifications! 340,000 miles don’t sound that impressive after 4 years if a single bus could do 260,000 miles per year according to their record.

No idea, what their sources are and keep in mind its the ADAC:
41 km range (-23 km over BE35)
1.13 kWh/km energy consumption,
that works out to a 45ish kWh battery
77 passengers (+9)
220 kW engine (+ 70 kW, probably this:


“Uncharged for the 2nd generation is the minutes-to-charge fast-charge system.”

Freudian typo? 🙂

Thanks for the story. Proterra should be pushing fast and hard, perhaps lowering prices a bit, b/c competition within the segment is beginning to become fierce.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

They should be offering multiple capacities and modular batteries, so customers could have short-range buses for some routes, with longer range for others, and/or be able to upgrade their buses over time if/when they find they need more range.

With 41 km / 45 KWh range / battery this is not serious competition to BYD and others.