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Nashville Re-Ups with Proterra, Adding More Zero-Emission Buses to the Music City

Second Order from Nashville’s Metropolitan Transit Authority brings Proterra® fleet to nine

NASHVILLE, Tenn., September 15, 2015 — Today Proterra, the leading provider of zero-emission, battery-electric buses, announced that Nashville’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has purchased two additional 35-foot Proterra EcoRide™ electric buses. MTA expects its first electric fleet of nine Proterra fast-charge vehicles to be on the road later this year, jumpstarting Nashville’s zero-emission mass transit system. Nashville is the latest U.S. city to deploy Proterra battery electric buses, joining Louisville, Seneca, Worcester, Tallahassee, San Antonio, West Covina, Stockton, Reno and Seattle. Proterra transit vehicles are now in more cities, with larger deployments, than any other zero-emission transit vehicle technology in North America.

“The nine Proterra buses will serve the Music City’s 659,000 metropolitan population and be integrated into MTA’s Music City Circuit, which is free to ride for all passengers and offers easy access to many of Nashville’s historic landmarks,” said India Birdsong, Chief Operating Officer at MTA. MTA funded the purchase of the buses and two accompanying charging stations with a combination of federal Clean Fuels grants and local match funding. Over the 12-year life of a bus, Proterra customers dramatically reduce fuel and maintenance costs, saving around $462K vs. diesel and $404K vs. CNG, making the vehicles 64% more cost-effective to operate than diesel or 60% more cost-effective than CNG.

Proterra aims to help every U.S. city improve transit performance, save money, improve local air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by cutting dependency on fossil fuels. With long range and the fastest recharge time of any battery electric transit vehicle, Proterra products are designed to be a drop-in replacement for legacy fossil-fuel buses. The company’s firm orders are now at 108 units, with 316 options contracted, for a total of 426. And with an exacting approach to vehicle design and engineering, Proterra offers the highest performance vehicle in the transit bus industry—recently setting all-time records at the Federal Testing Program in urban acceleration, energy efficiency, hill climb capability and vehicle weight savings.

“Nashville is an iconic deployment for zero-emission, battery-electric transit buses. The city is already setting a great example in urban sustainability and is experiencing strong local growth as people are choosing to live closer to work, school and entertainment. We’re proud to be a technology partner in their strategy to create a smart city that preserves the local environment, while offering exceptional service and amenities to locals and tourists alike,” said Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra. “Nashville is a great illustration of what we’re seeing on the national level, and we’re happy to support the Music City in its swift adoption of electric transit.”

About Proterra, Inc.
Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission vehicles that enable bus fleet operators to significantly reduce operating costs while delivering clean, quiet transportation to the community. Proterra has sold more than 100 vehicles to 14 different transit agencies throughout North America. Proterra’s configurable EV platform, battery and charging options make its buses well suited for a wide range of transit and campus routes. With unmatched durability and energy efficiency based on rigorous U.S. certification testing, Proterra products are proudly designed, engineered and manufactured in America, with offices in South Carolina and Silicon Valley. For more information visit: and follow us on Twitter @Proterra_Inc.

Proterra Media Contact: Lauren Burke, [email protected]