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Electric Bus-Maker Proterra sells buses to Lexington KY transit system

; Date: July 26, 2017

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Last Winter Lextran, the transit system for Lexington KY, bought five Proterra Catalyst all-electric buses plus one charging station. Lextran plans to buy another shortly, and hopes to buy others as they secure funding to do so. The charging station is installed at the Transit Center on High Street, near the downtown area. Most bus routes in Lexington go through this Transit Center.

Louisville KY, a nearby city engaged in a 100+ year long friendly rivalry with Lexington, has had Proterra buses for a couple years.

Proterra's high-power 350 kiloWatt charging station. During the video it's claimed this is a conductive charging system.

Lextran and TARC Receive Grants For Proterra Electric Buses

The Federal Transit Administration FTA recently distributed $55 million in grants to 10 transit agencies as part of a program to deploy US-made electric transit buses, including Kentucky’s Lextran and TARC.

Lextran, the transit authority in Lexington, Kentucky, will receive funding to purchase five Proterra battery-electric buses, one charging station and one maintenance area charging system. The zero-emission buses will replace five diesel buses that are at the end of their useful life. Lextran plans to develop a centrally charged and operated system of electric buses running out of the downtown transit center, which serves the majority of city bus routes.

The Transit Authority of River City (TARC), the transit agency for Louisville, Kentucky, and southern Indiana, will receive funding to deploy five Proterra battery-electric buses and a fast charging station. The zero-emission buses will increase TARC’s fleet of battery-electric buses, and the charger will work with TARC’s existing chargers to expand the area that the battery-electric buses serve.

Proterra Continues to Grow EV Bus Market Share with New FTA 5312 Grant Announcements

February 10th, 2015 Six transit agencies awarded grants to purchase Proterra battery-electric buses and chargers

Greenville, S.C., Feb. 9, 2015 – Proterra is pleased to announce that six of the ten recent Federal Transit Administration (FTA) 5312 grant winners will use their funds to purchase Proterra EV buses and charging stations. This grant funding will result in the sale of 28 additional battery-electric buses and 7 fast-charge stations, bringing Proterra’s total number of orders to 97 buses from 14 different transit agencies in North America.

Proterra welcomes three new customers receiving grants, including: Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Dallas, TX, which will receive 7 buses and 2 chargers; Duluth Transit Authority (DTA), Duluth, MN, which will receive 6 buses and 1 charger; and Transit Authority of Lexington (LEXTRANS), Lexington, KY, which will receive 5 buses and 1 charger.

Current Proterra customers receiving grants include: San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD), Stockton, CA, which will receive 5 buses and 1 charger; Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY, which will receive 5 buses and 1 charger; and Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA), Worcester, Mass., which will receive 1 charger. RTD, TARC and WRTA already have Proterra buses in daily revenue service and have chosen to expand the electrification of their fleets based on these buses’ strong performance. Delivery of the new buses is expected to begin in early 2016.

“We are extremely pleased with the growing number of US cities that have selected Proterra as their partner in eliminating fossil fuels from their transit operations. This announcement further strengthens Proterra’s EV market leadership,” said Proterra Vice President of Sales, Matt Horton. “We also applaud the strong leadership of the Federal Transit Administration in continuing to support American innovation.”

Part of the FTA’s Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users SAFETEA-LU program, 5312 grant funds are used to promote the development and demonstration of energy efficient buses used in public transportation.

To date, Proterra buses have logged more than 900,000 miles in revenue service in cities across the U.S. Proterra bus customers report excellent return on investment, significantly better performance than diesel buses and improved rider and community feedback. Existing Proterra customers include: San Joaquin Regional Transit District in Stockton, CA; Star Metro in Tallahassee, FL; Washoe Regional Transit District in Reno, NV; Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority in Nashville, TN; the City of Seneca/ Clemson Area Transit in Seneca, SC; VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, TX; Foothill Transit in Pomona, CA; King Country Metro in Seattle, WA; TARC in Louisville, KY; WRTA in Worcester, MA; and Transit Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

About Proterra

Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission vehicles that enable bus fleet operators to significantly reduce operating cost while delivering clean, quiet transportation to the community. Proterra has sold to 11 different transit agencies throughout North America, and its technology is scalable and well-suited to a wide range of transit and campus routes. 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 South Carolina and Silicon Valley.

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David Herron : David Herron is a writer and software engineer focusing on the wise use of technology. He is especially interested in clean energy technologies like solar power, wind power, and electric cars. David worked for nearly 30 years in Silicon Valley on software ranging from electronic mail systems, to video streaming, to the Java programming language, and has published several books on Node.js programming and electric vehicles.
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