Rhode Island Buys 3 Proterra Electric Buses With Money From VW

OCT 24 2018 BY MARK KANE 6

Rhode Island introduces electric buses

Proterra delivered three 40’ Catalyst E2 electric buses to the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), which was one of the first states able to secure funding from Volkswagen’s post-diesel gate settlement pot.

The $14.4 million in financing will enable the agency to get rid of the oldest diesel buses and install some chargers. In total 16 to 20 diesel buses will be replaced with the funding.

“Rhode Island received $14.4 million in VW funding and chose to invest the bulk of it in clean transit, with the intent to replace approximately 20 retiring diesel buses with new, all-electric zero-emission vehicles. This deployment marks the first step toward achieving this goal.”

“The milestone represents one of the first deployments to use funding from the Volkswagen AG (VW) diesel emissions settlement. The lease program provides RIPTA with an opportunity to evaluate the combined economic, environmental and performance benefits of deploying all-electric buses. The buses will be tested extensively and staff will be trained in the maintenance and charging of the vehicles before they are put in service.”

Together with 73 hybrid buses, some 36% of the fleet is low or zero-emission – hopefully the first step before the company gradually switches to electricity entirely.

Scott Avedisian, CEO of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) said:

“We are joining other forward-thinking transit authorities that are already employing electric bus technology. We travel the state, and having a greener fleet is important to the neighborhoods we travel through – particularly urban areas with known air quality issues. Taking the bus rather than commuting alone in your car is good for the environment. Taking an electric bus is even better.”

Proterra CEO Ryan Popple said:

“We believe Rhode Island is one of the first states to use VW settlement funds to deploy battery-electric buses and has set an example for other states by committing the majority of its funds to zero-emission transit. We’re proud to work with RIPTA to provide electric buses that will offer Rhode Island passengers — particularly those in areas that suffer the most from harmful diesel emissions — a quieter, more comfortable ride and a cleaner environment.”

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6 Comments on "Rhode Island Buys 3 Proterra Electric Buses With Money From VW"

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Maybe if Scania would offer a compelling electric alternative, VAG would have earned some of those millions back.
But they don’t, so congrats to Proterra!

Good one. I still remember then VW CEO Mueller telling Deutsche Post “you should have asked us’, before they set out on their own, and replied “We did”.

How many KWh in the Proterra?

3 isn’t many, but it sounds like they are just the first of 16 or 20 for RIPTA, which is pretty cool. Proterra seems to be building an excellent product. It sounds like BYD didn’t do as well on the hilly routes of the west coast, hopefully Proterra can eat into their lead on sales of electric buses. Chinese companies are way out front on total sales worldwide, in large part due to their domestic demand giving them a headstart.

VWs money finally does something that makes sense!

I looked at a couple electric buses the other day that used kerosene burners for heat. What type of heat do the proterras have?

I think this is an encouraging occurrence, irrespective of the funding source. With respect to the funding source, there is no need to extend credit to the lawsuit’s failing party in an incorrect headline. If I’m critical, I’d say that the money came from the state’s available fund balance, not from an auto company.