Offering a Vehicle Configuration For Any Range
Transit routes vary in distance and driving conditions, resulting in different range requirements. With vehicles carrying up to 660 kWh of battery capacity, the Proterra Catalyst
registered has the flexibility to serve everything from local circulator routes to high mileage routes. The superb energy efficiency of the Proterra Catalyst E2 allows it to meet the diverse needs of transit agencies across North America – providing enough storage to eliminate range anxiety and offering a direct replacement for fossil-fueled vehicles.
What Impacts The Range of An Electric Bus?
There are several factors that can have a significant impact on vehicle efficiency and resulting operating range when buses are out on the road in real service scenarios. If the driver is using best practices for maximizing range and the bus is operating in more mild, temperate weather conditions with low use of HVAC, flatter terrain, and fewer stops, greater range will be achieved.
Operating range takes into account limitations placed on the usable capacity of the battery to maintain optimal battery health, as well as weather, varying terrain, driver behavior, frequency of stops on route, and vehicle weight. Operating range is calculated by dividing the usable energy on board by the operating efficiency of the vehicle, which varies based on a number of factors.
Knowing What To Expect
Each route has a unique combination of factors that impact range. Proterra conducts a sophisticated route analysis for customers before matching the on-board energy storage to your route requirements, total daily mileage and layover options. Our team will ensure you have the information needed to select the right vehicle for your range requirements. To learn more, read our blog post Understanding Range: Clarity Behind the Calculations.