Published on July 24th, 2015 | by James Ayre0
California Orders More Proterra Electric Buses
The Californian cities of Stockton and Porterville will soon be home to a number of Proterra Catalyst electric buses, according to a recent press release.
The electric buses — being purchased with funding from the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District — will be replacing some of the diesel buses currently in use in the cities, thereby reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality + public health.
The move represents just the latest in a number of recent such deals gained by the noted electric bus provider.
Proterra CEO Ryan Popple commented: “With California representing nearly half of the US bus market and the Air Resource Board setting a goal of operating 100% zero-emission bus fleets by 2040, the state is inaugurating a quiet electric vehicle market transformation. We’re pleased to be in a position to scale production to meet growing demand for zero emission vehicles and ultimately enable transit agencies to go electric.”
The recent press release provides more:
San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD), which serves more than 687,744 people in San Joaquin County, will be ordering an additional two Catalyst buses to provide clean, reliable, and efficient bus rapid transit for the region. “As the first transit agency in Northern California to have operated fully-electric buses, we’re grateful for the District’s funding and the opportunity to expand our electric bus fleet with Proterra,” said, Donna DeMartino, General Manager/CEO at RTD.
Tulare County’s Porterville Transit also has plans to procure two Proterra 40′ Catalyst buses to inaugurate the Southern Valley’s first electric transit bus service for approximately 650,000 passengers per year. “With perpetual air quality challenges in the Valley, we’re grateful for the funding provided by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and pleased to integrate Proterra’s zero-emission buses into our transit system. These 100% electric buses will provide a clean, quiet transit solution for our residents and business owners in Porterville,” said Richard Tree, PTS Transit Manager.
These recent orders bring Proterra’s total firm orders up to 110 units, with a further 323 options contracted — making for an absolute total of 433 units.
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