The US e-bus maker Proterra says it received an order from Miami-Dade County to deliver another 42 electric buses. This time around, however, the County will also install one of the largest fleet charging systems in the States with 75 Proterra chargers across three bus depots.
The new order of over 42 electric transit buses of type Proterra ZX5+ builds on Miami’s earlier commitment to transportation electrification by expanding its fleet to include an additional 42 buses, bringing the total to 75 electric transit buses from Proterra. The company says this forms one of the largest fleets of 12-metre electric buses in the United States.
Proterra’s electric transit buses are equipped with the Company’s battery technology systems. It debuted the latest-gen ZX5 last autumn, specifying a range of 240 and 329 miles (384 and 526 kilometres), respectively, depending on the length and battery pack size. The ZX5 features a lower body, new shock absorbers and improved ergonomics for drivers. It also has an additional charging socket at the front of the vehicle to increase charging flexibility.
Adding to this is the nine-megawatt installation of 75 charging stations across three depots in Miami-Dade County. Proterra offers the chargers as part of the order.
“We’re upgrading to this large fleet of electric buses to solidify our environmentally friendly future, all while providing clean and reliable transportation for commuters,” said Miami-Dade Commission Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz. Commissioner Eileen Higgins, Chair of the Transportation, Mobility and Planning Committee, added, “The ultimate goal is to get out of our cars and ride on a completely carbon neutral form of public transportation, and we are surely making our way there.”
Proterra expects to deliver the first electric buses of the new batch in 2022.
The company is also listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbols ‘PTRA’ and ‘PTRAW,’ after concluding a SPAC merger this month as reported.
Proterra operates facilities in California, South Carolina and Silicon Valley. The company claims it delivered more than 600 electric vehicles so far.