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The ‘Tesla of bus makers’ arrives in Southern California, as Metro considers buying electric buses

Source: http://www.sgvtribune.com/general-news/20170325/the-tesla-of-bus-makers-arrives-in-southern-california-as-metro-considers-buying-electric-buses

"Popple said Metro’s offer to buy new buses is one of 38 “requests for proposals” Proterra is bidding on in North America. It already does business in 36 U.S. cities, he said. The company recently shipped its 100th electric bus."

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"The Union of Concerned Scientists study says a CNG bus with renewable fuel releases 1.8 grams of total emissions per mile. An electric bus releases 0.9 grams per mile. The study looks at tailpipe emissions and upstream pollution that comes from making and delivering the fuel.

“Overall, the upstream emissions are still the major component but for electric buses, the grid is getting cleaner,” O’Dea said. Twenty-five percent of California’s electricity grid is from renewable energy. The state is committed to 50 percent renewables by 2030, with zero energy from carbon by 2026, O’Dea said."

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Proterra says they have delivered their 100th electric bus. They claim they have made 60% of total electric bus sales.

The spreadsheet that Silley Tilley started for us here recently shows Proterra is expected to deliver 124 electric buses this year (2017) vs. 34 for BYD.

San Joaquin Region Transit District (RTD) in Stockton, California, got the 100th bus. SJ RTD now has 12 Proterras, not sure if any are extended range (versus fast-charge buses)

Source: https://www.proterra.com/press-release/proterra-continues-north-american-market-leadership-with-milestone-deployment-to-san-joaquin-rtd/

 

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Source: http://www.metro-magazine.com/bus/news/722207/n-y-mta-to-pilot-electric-bus-program-in-december-2017

"After a study of best practices from systems across the U.S. and around the world, the MTA has identified two vendors to manufacture a total of 10 electric buses, which will be leased for test and evaluation over a period of three years in the New York City operating environment. The first of those vendors, Proterra, was selected to provide overnight charging electric buses, which will be operated on routes including the B39 and B32 in Brooklyn.

The lease of an additional five buses from a second vendor, New Flyer, with en-route opportunity charging, will be presented to the board later this year. The New Flyer buses will operate on the M42 bus route in Manhattan. These contracts are subject to MTA Board approval as well as review and approval by the Office of the New York State Comptroller."

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Best Proterra PR video that I've seen was shot in Louisville with TARC buses:

 

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