Proterra Introduces Extended-Range Electric Bus Offering


Proterra Inc., a manufacturer of battery-electric buses, has launched a new extended-range product line.

The company says that with the introduction of a new TerraVolt XR extended-range battery, its buses can now be configured to travel up to 180 miles between charges. This newest battery complements the existing TerraVolt FC fast-charge battery, which the company says has been tested over nearly 1 million customer revenue miles.

These two battery packs are key components of Proterra's TerraFlex energy system and can be used interchangeably in the company's Catalyst buses. The company says this system enables customers to select the right amount and type of energy storage to meet specific route requirements. Once customized, operators can reconfigure battery packs to meet evolving service needs. Both battery systems are compatible with Proterra's on-route and in-depot chargers.

“Operating successfully in cities across the country, the Proterra Catalyst is the most energy-efficient transit bus on the market,” says Matt Horton, vice president of sales and marketing at Proterra Inc. “Adding extended-range capabilities to our existing portfolio of fast-charge products enables us to help our customers meet more of their most demanding service requirements.”

The fast-charge Catalyst FC is now available in configurations carrying between 53 kWh and 131 kWh of energy storage and can be fully recharged in under 10 minutes.

The extended-range Catalyst XR is now available in configurations carrying between 129 kWh and 321 kWh of energy storage and can be recharged in a little over an hour.

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