Proterra Signs Contract with City of Seneca to Deliver Zero-Emission EcoRide™ Transit Buses
July 02, 2012
GREENVILLE, S.C., June 28, 2012 – Proterra,the leading provider of zero-emission commercial transit solutions, has signed an agreement with the city of Seneca, S.C. to deliver four new EcoRide™zero-emission transit buses and two charging stations.The contract follows Seneca’s initial announcement in November 2011 of its intention to use funds from a $4.1 million Federal Transit Administration (FTA) TIGGER (Transit Investments in Greenhouse Gas and Emissions Reduction) grant, along with local matching funds, to purchase Proterra buses.
Upon delivery of these EcoRide buses, the city of Seneca will be the first in the nation to operate a fully-electric bus system and to do so on a “fare-free basis.” Operated by Clemson Area Transit (CATbus), these vehicles will serve both the city and the students of Clemson University. City of Seneca and CATbus officials believe this “green” project, with plans for future expansion, will not only greatly reduce fuel costs, but also lead to job creation and a more sustainable future.
“We could not be more proud to be at the forefront of clean, emissions-free transit,” said CATbus general manager Al Babinicz. “It is rare that a community of our size gets to play as important a role in advancing clean transit, and we hope to expand on our efforts by helping make the entire CATbus system emissions-free in the future.”
Seneca’s current diesel bus fleet averages less than four miles per gallon; with current fuel prices averaging close to $4.00 per gallon, the running cost per mile for fuel alone is $1.05. Proterra EcoRide transit buses average 20 diesel-equivalent miles per gallon, or about $.18 per mile – a huge cost savings.
“Seneca realizes that zero-emission transit solutions not only have a positive effect on the environment, but also on their bottom line” said David Bennett, chief executive officer for Proterra. “Proterra’s fast-charging battery-electric buses take less than 10 minutes to fully charge and offer significant operational savings over traditional diesel or hybrid vehicles.”
Foothill Transit in Pomona, Calif., is already operating three EcoRide buses – which have been in service since September of 2010. VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, Texas and StarMetro in Tallahassee, Fla., will be taking delivery of their EcoRide buses during 2012. Proterra is manufacturing these orders at its current assembly line plant in Greenville, S.C.
With manufacturing in Greenville, S.C., Proterra is a leading designer and manufacturer of heavy-duty electric drive systems, energy storage systems, vehicle control systems, transitbuses and fast-charging stations. Proterra’s systems are scalable to commercial buses of all sizes. Its ground-up designs have led to the EcoRide, the world’s first full-size, 10-minute charge transit bus. For more information on Proterra and its technology, please visit: www.proterra.com.
JoAnne Laffey Abed, public relations manager
VantagePoint Marketing for Proterra
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