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Proterra's Electric Bus Sets World Record of 1,013 Miles on a Single Charge

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【Summary】Proterra, the electric bus company based in Silicon Valley, claimed a world record for electric vehicle range on Tuesday. Its Catalyst E2 all-electric bus traveled 1,101.2 miles over a test track on a single charge.

Original Eric Walz    Sep 19, 2017 2:38 PM PT
Proterra's Electric Bus Sets World Record of 1,013 Miles on a Single Charge

BURLINGAME, Calif., -- Proterra, the electric bus company based in Silicon Valley, claimed a world record for electric vehicle range on Tuesday. Its Catalyst E2 all-electric bus traveled 1,101.2 miles over a test track on a single charge, the company said.

"For our heavy-duty electric bus to break the previous world record of 1,013.76 miles -- which was set by a light-duty passenger EV 46 times lighter than the Catalyst E2 max -- is a major feat," said Matt Horton, Proterra's chief commercial officer. "This record achievement is a testament to Proterra's purpose-built electric bus design, energy-dense batteries and efficient drivetrain."

That bests a range record set in Germany six years ago, when a vehicle called the Schluckspecht-E logged 1,013 miles.

Beyond meeting transit agencies' range requirements, the Catalyst E2 max is poised to make a significant impact on the transit market because of its low operational cost per mile compared to conventional fossil fuel powered buses.

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, lithium-ion battery prices have dropped by roughly 72 percent since 2010, and the economics for batteries continue to improve. Between li-ion battery cost savings and improving vehicle efficiency, electric vehicles represent the most disruptive mode of transport today.

"Driven by the best cost savings-per-mile, we believe the business case for heavy-duty electric buses is superior to all other applications, and that the transit market will be the first to transition completely to battery-electric powered vehicles," said Ryan Popple, Proterra CEO.

"Early electric bus adopters like our first customer, Foothill Transit, have paved the way for future heavy-duty applications, like motor coaches and commercial trucks. As we see incumbents and more companies enter the heavy-duty EV market, it has become very apparent that the future is all-electric, and the sun is setting on combustion engine technology."

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