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Fast-Charging Electric Buses Coming to Southern California

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On August 31, 2010 @ 4:20 pm In Green Transportation,TransportationTuesday | 2 Comments

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Southern California isn’t exactly known for having the best public transportation system [2], but Foothill Transit, a public transportation agency in the San Gabriel/Pomona area, is about to get an impressive upgrade: all-electric [3] buses [4] that can charge up in under 10 minutes. Foothill bought three EcoRide BE35 all-electric [5] buses, along with two charging stations.

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Both the buses and the charging stations [7] were purchased from Proterra, a startup that offers fast-charging electric vehicles for commercial use. The secret: Proterra’s mammoth 72 kilowatt-hour battery packs, which are 50% larger than those found in the Tesla Roadster. Of course, that kind of technology doesn’t come cheap — Foothill is paying $5.6 million for its buses and chargers [8].

With transportation agencies across the country facing major budget cuts, it’s unlikely that Proterra’s buses will find their way into big cities [9]any time soon. But Foothill, at least, plans to expand its fleet to 12 buses if all goes well.

+ Proterra [10]

Via Greentech Media [11]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/31/fast-charging-electric-buses-coming-to-southern-california/ecoride-3qcs_2/

[2] public transportation system: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/11/electric-transit-backpack-lets-you-fly-through-city-streets/

[3] all-electric: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/18/plug-n-go-ev-charging-station-showcased-at-green-energy-expo/

[4] buses: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/17/londons-hybrid-double-decker-bus-officially-unveiled-today/

[5] electric: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/06/01/the-unicab-could-be-nycs-taxi-of-tomorrow/

[6] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/evbus-ed01.jpg

[7] charging stations: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/07/13/ge-and-yves-behar-unveil-superfast-wattstation-ev-charger/

[8] chargers: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/30/evatran-unveils-worlds-first-wireless-ev-charger/

[9] big cities : http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/16/new-york-city-unveils-first-federally-funded-ev-charging-station/

[10] + Proterra: http://proterraonline.com/

[11] Greentech Media: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/the-electric-bus-hits-the-road/

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