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Austin to roll out electric buses

Public transit agency Capital Metro is taking a major step towards its goal of an all-electric fleet with four Proterra Catalyst E2 buses.

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The Proterra Catalyst electric bus which delivers a clean transportation option
The Proterra Catalyst electric bus which delivers a clean transportation option

Austin has become the fifth city in Texas to invest in Proterra battery-electric buses. Public transit agency Capital Metro is purchasing four 40-foot Catalyst E2 buses and four 60kW Proterra charging systems.

 

Austin joins a growing list of agencies implementing electric bus fleets including VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Citibus in Lubbock, and Port Arthur Transit.

 

All-electric goal

 

An all-electric fleet is a primary goal of Project Connect, Capital Metro’s sustainable and connected vision for regional transportation, and a crucial component of its plan for sustainable public transit.

 

With zero tailpipe emissions, Proterra battery-electric buses can help Capital Metro meet its sustainability goals. Emissions are reduced by 230,000 pounds of CO2 annually each time a diesel vehicle is replaced by a zero-emission bus.

 

Capital Metro also announced that it has started the transformation of a former warehouse into a storage and smart charging facility, capable of accommodating up to 214 electric buses. Proterra plans to provide technical assistance for the initial charging infrastructure installation, as it has done in more than 45 successful infrastructure projects to date.

"Today, we are taking another necessary step to maintain our high quality of life for generations to come"

"Capital Metro is committed to the use of innovative technology to create a more efficient, quiet and sustainable transit system," said Capital Metro president and CEO Randy Clarke. "Today, we are taking another necessary step to maintain our high quality of life for generations to come."

 

Proterra was selected after three manufacturers provided electric buses to the agency in 2018 for a demonstration project. Capital Metro was able to leverage the Georgia State Contract to purchase the buses.

 

Sustainability goals

 

The state of Georgia underwent a testing and review process and selected Proterra as a statewide vendor for electric buses, and allows other states to leverage the state contract to simplify the process of purchasing electric buses and partner with Proterra.

 

"Capital Metro is focused on the future of public transportation and we’re excited to partner with them to bring the best battery-electric buses to Austin," said Proterra CEO Ryan Popple.

 

"Deploying electric buses is a critical component to meet sustainability goals and provide the Austin community with clean, quiet transportation."

 

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