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The first 40 foot Catalyst buses that were ordered have yet to be delivered, as far as I know.

But now there is a 35 foot version available and Dallas DART will get the first 7 of those.

http://www.proterra.com/proterra-expands-its-catalyst-ev-bus-platform-to-include-a-nimbler-bus/

"introducing a new 35-foot vehicle based on the same technology platform as its current 40-foot Catalyst vehicle. Closely tracking the broader transportation trend towards advanced safety systems, the new 35-foot Catalyst electric bus provides customers with nimble maneuvering and enhanced automated features, including collision avoidance and traction control in a smaller model for dense urban areas, building on the performance of the 40-foot Catalyst vehicle."

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Proterra will be at the CUTA Trade Expo Show in Montreal...they're on the list of exhibitors, along with BYD Motors...I guess they both trying to make greater inroads to sell their bus models in Canada.

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Proterra buses are now active in Nashville. These are the 1st generation body/design--35 footers I believe.

Nashville has 9 of them and each bus has seating for 27 passengers with additional standing room for a total of 42 passengers. The electric buses feature lithium-ion batteries that are charged at Riverfront Station. A second station is being planned near the Bicentennial Mall. The “Fast FillTM” charging system allows for a full charge in less than 10 minutes with the driving distance of the bus being 26 miles or more on a single charge.
A photo is at the link below:

http://www.nashvillemta.org/News/news832.pdf

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SEPTA is buying 25 Proterra buses.

 

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20160420_SEPTA_to_add_25_electric_buses_next_year.html

 

Also

 

First Student orders two Proterra for its  Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM) Transportation contract

 

http://www.proterra.com/first-student-led-transit-agency-in-the-u-s-to-prioritize-ev-mass-transit/

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New Proterra press release proclaims sales of 25 40 footers to SEPTA and 8 more to KC Metro:

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BURLINGAME, CA, April 21, 2016–Proterra, the market leader of zero-emission, battery-electric buses in North America, today announced it won the majority of the vehicles awarded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Grant. The Low-No grant winners will use their funds to purchase 33 Catalyst® buses, bringing Proterra’s total number of orders to 155 vehicles from 16 transit agencies across the United States. With new and existing Proterra customers building their zero-emission vehicle fleets, this announcement underscores the rising demand for Proterra® zero-emission battery-electric buses and highlights that the electric bus market is taking more mainstream market share.

As one of the largest transit agencies in the United States, serving 3.9 million people in five counties in and around Philadelphia, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) will receive $2,585,075 from FTA and use the funds to purchase 25 Proterra Catalyst buses and five overhead chargers. SEPTA will be procuring more zero-emission vehicles with less Low-No funding than any other grant recipient, which is a testament to SEPTA’s electric vehicle vision and state of the EV bus market. Proterra zero-emission buses will be deployed on Routes 29 and 79 in South Philadelphia.

“SEPTA is excited to be able to move forward with the purchase of 25 emission-free electric buses from Proterra,” said SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T. Deon. “SEPTA already has one of the greenest bus fleets in the nation, with over half of our vehicles operating diesel-electric hybrids. The addition of electric buses furthers our commitment to a sustainable future for our riders and local residents.”

On the heels of

one of the most rigorous performance tests, King County Metro Transit, serving the greater area of Seattle Washington, will now be able to fully electrify two routes using new funds from FTA’s Low-No Program for eight new Proterra Catalyst vehicles. Recently, the Catalyst simulated one year of operation and averaged 325 miles of driving each day with a constant 97 passenger equivalent load during King County’s accelerated durability and reliability test. Over the testing period, the Proterra Catalyst averaged 15 MPGe, which is 213 percent more efficient than current King County Metro 40′ diesel buses and is expected to improve to 18 MPGe with normal passenger loads.

Proterra’s first customer and the first agency in the U.S. to operate EV buses in revenue service, Foothill Transit, also received Low-No grant funding that will go towards electric charging facilities and support the transit agency’s ongoing electric bus program. Foothill Transit, which serves more than 14 million customers in Los Angeles County, will be receiving 15 more EVs from Proterra this year and next, including the first commercial deliveries of Proterra’s long-range XR technology vehicles, which will be fully compatible with their existing Fast Charge FC vehicles and chargers, bringing Foothill’s all-electric fleet to nearly 10 percent of the transit agency’s total.

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Source: http://www.proterra.com/septa-foothill-transit-and-king-county-metro-join-proterras-growing-roster-of-fta-low-no-grant-program-winners/

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  • FTA Low-No GRANT WINNERS TO PURCHASE 35 PROTERRA ELECTRIC TRANSIT BUSES

  • Delaware Transit Corporation (Wilmington, DE) will receive six 35’ Catalyst XR buses
  • Everett Transit (Everett, WA) will receive four 40’ Catalyst XR buses
  • Lextran (Lexington, KY) will receive one 40’ Catalyst FC bus
  • Park City Transit (Park City, UT) will receive six 40’ Catalyst FC buses
  • Pierce Transit (Pierce County, WA) will receive two 40’ Catalyst FC buses
  • Port Arthur Transit (Port Arthur, TX) will receive six 35’ Catalyst FC buses
  • SporTran (Shreveport, LA) will receive five 35’ Catalyst FC buses

http://www.proterra.com/fta-low-no-grant-winners-to-purchase-39-proterra-electric-transit-buses/

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Interview with Proterra CEO

https://chargedevs.com/features/the-inevitability-of-electric-buses/

"For 2017, we’re going to triple capacity over 2016. We’ll be shipping between 100 and 150 buses next year, and we already have all of those orders on hand."

Quad Cities buys from Proterra:

http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/battery-powered-bus-to-join-metrolink-fleet/article_10da5f37-29e2-5458-a5fa-1387e92b2ea5.html

"Initial costs for the bus are higher, in the $700,000 range, whereas previous compressed natural gas buses run around $550,000. But given the savings in fuel and maintenance, the break-even point for that discrepancy is estimated at 2.7 years, Hennessy said."

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New interview with Proterra CEO, the best yet.

He says "The upfront purchase cost of our EV bus is about the same as Diesel Hybrid. When you include infrastructure cost of CNG, we are cheaper to install and deploy than CNG. We save cities $1/mile on fuel & maintenance compared to diesel, CNG, or hybrid, and a typical bus runs 40,000 miles per year."

But this is one of my favorite parts:

"The good news is that tech and science are on your side. Your opportunity is to exploit the bias these large industries have to not innovate. They are fat, dumb and happy. Focus, concentrate, and out-work them. I work seven days a week, I dream about Proterra in my sleep. I’m smarter than my competitors and my passion for the environment drives me to work harder than they would think possible. That’s what I hire for in my company, and that’s the culture we’re building. We talk about why we come to work, and why this matters.

That’s a big advantage, a lot of people at big companies are just punching a clock, they are bored half the time. We offer a purpose, a mission, meaning to our work. That’s a big deal, especially for Millennials. The story of Proterra’s success has very little to do with me, I’m one of 200 team members, and they are excellent. I would bet on them whether or not I was running the place."

Source: https://cleantechnica.com/2016/08/27/interview-with-ryan-popple-ceo-of-proterra-cleantechnica-exclusive/

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Question: For those who have Proterras, how are they working out? My home TA got a grant for fleet replacement, but they haven't placed the order yet. I hear you could lease the batteries, but could you lease them with federal funds or will that come out of the transit agency's pocket wholly?

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On 10/26/2016 at 9:38 AM, Gillig1109 said:

Question: For those who have Proterras, how are they working out? My home TA got a grant for fleet replacement, but they haven't placed the order yet. I hear you could lease the batteries, but could you lease them with federal funds or will that come out of the transit agency's pocket wholly?

I'm not positive, but I believe the battery lease would be paid using local money that would otherwise be used for diesel or natural gas fuel.

Proterra just announced a private lease deal for 10 buses in Chicago

http://ngtnews.com/proterra-to-deploy-fully-electric-bus-fleet-in-downtown-chicago/

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I second that. 

It seems to me leasing batteries is going to fall into a operating cost category, just like I'm sure leasing tires does.

If the batteries are purchased with the bus, that would be part of the capital cost.

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Transit agencies with hybrid buses have to pay for replacement batteries out of operating expenses, unless they are able to get federal capital money for a midlife rebuild.

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On 10/27/2016 at 8:30 PM, MAX BRT said:

I'm not positive, but I believe the battery lease would be paid using local money that would otherwise be used for diesel or natural gas fuel.

Proterra just announced a private lease deal for 10 buses in Chicago

http://ngtnews.com/proterra-to-deploy-fully-electric-bus-fleet-in-downtown-chicago/

I'm guessing they'll likely be operated by Free Enterprise as a replacement for the E series they currently run: 24533362203_4518c59cd1_t.jpgThe Free Enterprise System 2041 by J. Mc., on Flickr

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Thanks for the responses! We're thinking about getting all electric buses, and our board is leaning towards Proterra as their manufacturer. I just think the start up cost is too much for a TA who hasn't ordered new buses since 2014. 

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