As we wrap up a thrilling year for electric vehicles, what better time to look back on some of the most electrifying moments for Proterra and zero-emission transportation in 2022.
This year we surpassed many milestones on our journey to power a better, more sustainable world. Here are some of the highlights from 2022:
Proterra Powered batteries electrifying over 1,000 commercial EVs
We celebrated a major milestone this year – we’ve now delivered Proterra Powered battery systems for more than 1,000 commercial electric vehicles!
Commercial vehicles like trucks and buses have a big job, but they disproportionately contribute to the transportation pollution that’s threatening our health and planet. That’s why we’re bringing industry-leading battery technology to electrify how our communities work, move and connect.
We’re thrilled to partner with more than a dozen commercial vehicle manufacturers around the globe to transform their medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles into zero-emission electric vehicles (EVs).
Surpassing 30 million Service Miles with Proterra Transit
Proterra Transit reached a landmark mileage count this year – 30+ million zero-emission miles driven by our 100% electric transit buses across North America, demonstrating the unmatched performance of our technology. That’s like making 1,200 trips around the Earth or more than 60 round trip journeys to the moon.
New Proterra Powered Electric Commercial Vehicles Make Their Debut
It’s not just buses that are going all-electric. This year, a number of our Proterra Powered partners debuted an impressive list of zero-emission vehicles ranging from new Proterra Powered electric delivery vehicles to off-road heavy-duty equipment:
- Komatsu showcased its new Proterra Powered 20-ton electric excavator at the Bauma 2022 Trade Fair in Germany ahead of its expected introduction to the European and Japanese markets next year.
- The Shyft Group held a Ride & Drive event in October for its Proterra Powered Blue Arc™ electric delivery van.
- Volta Trucks introduced its second generation Proterra Powered Volta Zeros for production verification.
- Anadolu Izusu premiered its Proterra Powered Citi VOLT 12 electric bus at the IAA Transportation Conference.
- BusTech unveiled its Proterra Powered ZDi 450 electric transit bus at the Australasia Bus and Coach Expo last month.
Proterra Powered also announced new partnerships to power Nikola’s zero-emission semi-trucks, the Shyft Group’s Blue Arc™ electric delivery van, and EL Dorado National (California) ENC’s second-generation electric transit bus.
America’s Favorite Big Yellow Bus Goes Green
Proterra is committed to ensuring every student has access to clean air and transportation with the support of our partner, Thomas Built Buses.
This year we delivered our 200th Proterra Powered electric school bus. Monroe County, which became the first county in Indiana to introduce electric school buses earlier this fall, was the recipient of this landmark delivery.
This year we also celebrated the start of the largest school bus electrification project in the United States at Montgomery Public Schools – the nation’s largest school district. Montgomery Public Schools installed electric infrastructure at one of its transportation depots and saw the delivery of its first 25 electric buses. The district is on track to have 326 Jouley buses in the next three years.
More Communities Accelerate the Switch to Electric Buses
More communities are choosing Proterra to go electric. Proterra Transit delivered electric buses all throughout the U.S. and Canada this year:
- ABQ Ride in New Mexico
- SMRT in California
- Biddeford Saco Old Orchard Beach Transit in Maine
- AppalCART in North Carolina
- Mountain Metropolitan Transit in Colorado
- City Transit in Iowa
- University Transit at University of Virginia
Proterra was also chosen at BC Transit in British Columbia, Canada and Pace Suburban in Chicago, Illinois for their electrification projects – setting the stage for their fleets to become solely zero-emission vehicles.
A Cross-Country Proterra Powered Road Trip
A Proterra Powered all-electric Van Hool CX45E took a 2,524-mile road trip from Winter Garden, Florida, to Costa Mesa, California, using only public charging stations
The CX45E never used more than 65% of the available battery on a given leg of the trip – due in part to the high energy density of the Proterra Powered battery packs that the bus is equipped with.
The trip helps showcase the potential of battery-electric capabilities, as well as the growing charging infrastructure to support long-distance electric vehicle travel in the US.
Becoming the First EV Manufacturer to Achieve Multiple TRUE-Certified Zero Waste Facilities
Sustainability is a core value at Proterra and our journey to powering a more sustainable world goes beyond electrifying commercial vehicles. This year we were recognized for our zero waste efforts by becoming the first EV Manufacturer to Achieve Multiple TRUE-Certified Zero Waste Facilities. Proterra’s Silicon Valley Technology Center in Burlingame, California and East Coast electric bus manufacturing plant in Greenville, South Carolina both achieved TRUE’s Gold-level certification this year for diverting more than 90 percent of all qualified recycling, compost, and reusable materials from landfills, waste-to-energy and the environment.
Charging Up One of The Largest EV Bus Fleets in the U.S. with Miami-Dade Transit
Proterra Energy completed one of the largest fleet charging systems in the U.S. by installing 75 EV chargers across three bus depots at Miami-Dade Transit to support its fleet of Proterra electric transit buses.
With 19 megawatt hours of battery storage capacity and nine megawatts of EV charging power, the project demonstrates Proterra’s ability to offer full fleet electrification technology solutions to commercial vehicle customers
Clean Energy Meets Clean Transportation in Santa Clara
At the start of the year, Proterra Energy and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) announced an innovative clean energy microgrid and EV fleet charging system to help power VTA’s transition to a 100% zero-emission bus fleet. VTA will deploy approximately one-and-a-half megawatts of solar on-site via available rooftop space and an overhead carport canopy. The solar PV is paired with a battery storage system that can store four-megawatt hours of usable electricity and one megawatt of peak output power to provide back-up electricity for emergency operations.
For the second summer in a row Proterra Powered electric school buses in Beverly, Massachusetts provided energy back to the electricity grid – this time for more than 80 hours. Showing again how, delivering stored clean energy back to the grid when it’s needed most, electric school buses can help create a more resilient local power system and reduce the dependence on expensive fossil fuel power plants.
At Proterra, we envision a future that’s All Electric. No Emissions. For the Earth. Together with communities around the world, we’re proud to help shape a sustainable, zero-emission.