The Municipality of Anchorage's (MOA) Public Transportation Department , in partnership with Proterra, Inc., will introduce a 40-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 electric/battery powered bus to People Mover's fleet in January 2018.
The bus will begin serving routes for the general public starting Tuesday, January 16, 2018 for a four month trial period. The trial period is set to monitor how the bus performs in winter weather, how cold temperatures affect the battery life and whether or not it's feasible to pursue an electric bus fleet in the future.
The MOA Public Transportation Department partnered with MOA's Solid Waste Services to lease the bus. Solid Waste Services will also be monitoring its performance to help establish the feasibility of electric garbage trucks.
A Proterra Catalyst bus is 100% electric, emitting zero tailpipe emissions or pollutants - reducing CO2 emissions by an astounding 243,980 lbs. annually per diesel vehicle replaced. Without a combustion engine, a Catalyst vehicle also substantially reduces noise pollution.
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The bus will operate daily on routes 10, 25, and 35 beginning January 16, 2018. During the trial period, riders are invited to and encouraged to share their experiences riding the battery-powered bus on any of our social media pages using #ElectricRideANC.
Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles, enabling bus fleet operators to significantly reduce operating costs while delivering clean, quiet transportation to local communities across the United States. With more than 500 vehicles sold to 62 different municipal, university, airport, federal and commercial transit agencies in 29 states, Proterra is committed to providing state of the art, high-performance vehicles to meet today's growing market demand. The company's configurable Catalyst platform is capable of serving the full daily mileage needs of nearly ever U.S. transit route on a single charge. 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 Silicon Valley, South Carolina, and Los Angeles. For more information, visit their website and follow them on Twitter @Proterra_Inc.