Proterra celebrates its 1,000th battery-electric bus

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Proterra has announced that Broward County Transit (BCT) has agreed to purchase 12 40-foot Proterra ZX5 battery-electric transit buses with 660 kWh of on-board energy and the DuoPower drivetrain, taing the manufacturer’s total to more than 1,000 battery-electric buses produced in North America.

BYD’s 13m eCoach at the official handover ceremony at the City of Drancy. BYD

“Delivering clean, quiet transportation for all is an opportunity to meet the needs of our communities while protecting our environment and public health. With more than 1,000 battery-electric buses sold, Proterra is driving this transition to 100% clean transportation. Together with innovative transit leaders like Broward County, we are demonstrating that the time for clean transportation is now,” said Proterra CEO Jack Allen.

Since 1997, Broward County has taken many voluntary actions to reduce greenhouse gases. By 2030, it plans to purchase only zero-emission electric vehicles, towards which goal the purchase of Proterra battery-electric buses is a significant step.

From left: Jean-Christophe Lagarde, Member of Parliament; Aude Lagarde, Mayor of Drancy; Julien Bahri, International Key Account Manager at BYD France; Cahenzli, Vice-President of the Greater Paris Metropolis; M. Millard, VP transport of Drancy. BYD

Introduced in September, Proterra says its ZX5 features the most energy storage and longest drive range of any 40-foot electric bus available in North America today. It claims that the DuoPower drivetrain delivers nearly twice the horsepower and five times better fuel efficiency than a standard diesel engine. The DuoPower drivetrain features two electric motors that deliver a combined 550 horsepower, accelerating a ZX5 bus from 0 to 20 mph in under six seconds.