Seattle Is Tenth U.S. City To Test Proterra Electric Buses


According to the GeekWire, Seattle is the tenth city in the US to try Proterra electric buses.

King County Metro Transit this summer will begin trials thanks to a $4.7 million federal grant, before deciding whether or not buy up to 200 electric buses by 2020.

As Proterra is a small company, such an order would be larger than all previous orders combined.

Earlier, King County was a pioneer of hybrid-electric buses.

“A Metro spokeswoman tells GeekWire the buses show promise, but they want to make sure they work well in hilly Seattle before they fully jump onboard.

Metro hasn’t decided yet which routes the test buses will run, but they’ll probably be carrying riders from the east side of Lake Washington into downtown Seattle.

Charging stations are already setup, and the buses themselves should arrive by late summer or early fall. I’m told the new buses will have a special wrap, so they won’t be hard to spot.”

Here is a map of where Proterra orders have come from:

Proterra - WHERE WE ARE

Proterra – WHERE WE ARE

Source: GeekWire

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9 Comments on "Seattle Is Tenth U.S. City To Test Proterra Electric Buses"

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“… but they want to make sure they work well in hilly Seattle… ”

In my city they already tested a Proterra and chose a the most hilly line for the same purpose.
The bus driver I talked to said, that he was totally convinced of that bus. I don’t know exact specs of that bus, but the driver said that he nearly did not need the brake pedal.

So I think a hilly line could even be a pro-argument for busses with regenerative braking.

Where are the buses made? China?


Here is a video of Proterra’s fast charger in action. While not as erotic as Tesla’s robotic snake charger, it should appeal to those who like the charge port on top charger position. 😉

It would be wise for cities to go EV buses and sanitation vehicles. Maintenance cost would be lowered. Maybe battery swapping could be available. Electric fork trucks in manufacturing use battery changing. Also some cities are going to EVs to save on maintenance and fuel, no exhaust.

Battery swapping isn’t an option because these buses actually have dozens of batteries underneath, it would take longer and be more expensive than just recharging.

Stuart22 there are EV buses being made near the Kansas City metro airport

Well, Kansas City has KCI, the Kansas City International* airport, and the downtown airport. Never heard KCI called the “metro” airport.

If you mean Smith Electric Vehicles makes these buses, then yes, Smith is located near KCI.

*KCI doesn’t actually have any international flights; that was a hopeful name which hasn’t worked out in practice.

Salt Lake City is also testing these buses but isn’t included in the report above.