Diesel to Electric: City of Edmonton Replacing Slew of Buses


The Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) in Alberta has ordered 25 new 40-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 max vehicles, which will replace 25 of the agency’s existing diesel buses.

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

Proterra will initially supply the City of Edmonton with two electric buses for infrastructure and charging verification. The company has plans to supply a total of 25 electric buses to be put into regular service in summer 2020.

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

Proterra says its vehicles have proven their performance in harsh winter climates such as Worcester Regional Transit Authority in Massachusetts and Park City Transit in Utah.

“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,” says 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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