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    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.

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    Proterra is rapidly advancing the emerging category of battery-electric transit. The bus exclusively as an EV, with a durable, life-extending composite body. It features modular battery storage and tied it to a proven electric drive train and state-of-the-art energy delivery systems.
    The result is a vehicle with:
    · 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

    Battery

    It can store up to 660 kWh. The Catalyst E2 Battery Series enables a direct replacement of diesel, CNG and hybrid buses, establishing a new, high-performance category. Vehicles with the E2 battery configuration can accommodate the toughest routes with highest daily mileage, without charging on-route. E2 battery configurations can be fully charged at the depot with industry standard J1772 CCS plug-in chargers.
    Proterra Catalyst vehicles with the XR Battery Series can accommodate transit routes with low to medium daily mileage, without the need for on-route charging.  For longer routes or higher daily mileage, charging can be supplemented during layovers with the Proterra on-route overhead charging system

    Testing

     This bus has been under development for a number of years as this video discusses the technology. It is dated 2012.

    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.

    Website: https://www.proterra.com/our-story/

     

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