The bus from Proterra, a North American manufacturer, is set to hit the streets next year. Up to 350 miles on city street which is enough in many locations for a full day’s worth of routes. Last month it ran for 950 km miles on a test track on a single charge.
What is even more impressive is the fast 500kW maximum charge rate, the Proterra single-blade overhead fast-charge system can fully recharge Catalyst FC vehicles on-route in 5-13 minutes.
· An acceleration from 0 to 20 mph in 6.8 seconds
· The ability to take steep hills with a gradeability of 15.5%
· A curb weight of 26,000-33,000 lbs., the lightest vehicle in its class
This is still expensive technology, even taking into account fuel savings. However the development oft he platform such as this bus will take advantage of new battery technologies as they become available. This is what public transport will become within the next generation and even more mind blowing is when they use driver less vehicle technology.
On the website they state “Proterra vehicles have proven themselves over more than 2.5 million miles of service in communities across North America, operating at a lower overall cost than any 35- or 40-foot diesel, hybrid or CNG transit vehicle. A revolution is taking place. Proterra is taking transit on a new route.” Although early days, I have to agree, look what Tesla did in a relatively short time frame.