A US manufacturer has unveiled an electric bus that it says can drive up to 350 miles on a single charge.
Proterra, which claims to be ‘the leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation’, launched the Catalyst E2 series, its latest zero-emission vehicle, at the American Public Transit Association (APTA) annual meeting in California.
The Proterra 40'-FOOT
The firm said the ‘highest-performing bus on the road’ is named for its ‘unprecedented’ Efficient Energy (E2) storage capacity of 440 – 660 kWh and that last month, an E2 series vehicle logged more than 600 miles on a single charge under test conditions. Charge time is 3.5-5 hours.
It said the vehicle’s nominal range of 194 – 350 miles means it 'is capable of serving the full daily mileage needs of nearly every U.S. mass transit route on a single charge and offers the transit industry the first direct replacement for fossil-fuelled transit vehicles’.
The ’40-FOOT Catalyst’ version is in fact 42’6” long and has a seating capacity of 40 passengers. All versions are said to have a top speed of 65 mph.
Proterra CEO Ryan Popple said: ‘The question is no longer who will be an early adopter of this technology, but rather who will be the last to commit to a future of clean, efficient, and sustainable mobility.
‘With the Catalyst E2 offering a no-compromise replacement for all fossil fuel buses, battery-electric vehicles have now broken down the final barrier to widespread market adoption.’
The US-based firm said it has so far sold more than 312 of its existing models to 35 different municipal, university, and commercial transit agencies throughout North America.