Edmonton transit makes move to battery electric buses

by | Aug 23, 2018 | 0 comments

Edmonton Alberta’s transit authority will be replacing 25 aging diesel buses with battery electric busses from Proterra.

The Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) has ordered 25 new 40-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 max vehicles, which will replace 25 of the agency’s existing diesel buses. The purchase marks an agency milestone and supports Edmonton’s long-term vision of green public transportation and emissions reduction.

“We’re excited to work with Proterra and be at the forefront of integrating electric buses and emerging technology into our existing fleet,” said Eddie Robar, Branch Manager of ETS. “Proterra’s clean-running and quiet electric buses are winter compatible, have a range of up to 400 kilometres and contribute to our shift toward more sustainable transportation, a low carbon city and high-quality transit service for Edmontonians.”

In addition to community, health, and environmental benefits, the new electric buses are expected to deliver a cost savings of roughly 30% for service and maintenance.

Proterra vehicles have proven their performance in harsh winter climates such as Worcester Regional Transit Authority inMassachusetts and Park City Transit in Utah. Performance remains reliable in extreme weather due to active thermal management of vehicle batteries and proprietary state of charge algorithms that enable long life, rapid charging and operation in virtually any climate.

Proterra will initially supply the City of Edmonton with two electric buses for infrastructure and charging verification, with plans to supply a total of 25 electric buses to be put into regular service in summer 2020. With Proterra battery-electric buses, Edmonton riders will enjoy the combined benefits of zero-emission mass transit technology, improved community air quality, and a modern, accessible electric vehicle experience.

“We are honored to be selected as the battery-electric bus provider for Edmonton and to play a pivotal role in helping the city move forward on its zero-emission goals,” said Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra. “We look forward to working with Edmonton Transit Service on deploying our buses and creating a more sustainable transit system.”

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