BURLINGAME, Calif., Jan. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --Today Proterra, the leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation, announced that Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) will deploy a 40-foot Proterra Catalyst® E2 electric bus for Super Bowl LII. Zero-emission, battery electric buses represent an economic solution that supports the Twin Cities sustainability goals and commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.
"As thousands of people flock to the Twin Cities for the Big Game, it's paramount that we deliver on our promise to provide reliable, high-performance transit to all of our riders," said MVTA Executive Director Luther Wynder. "By deploying the Proterra® battery-electric bus during the busiest week of the year, we will share this state-of-the-art technology with travelers from near and far."
The routes are scheduled to run during rush hour and weekend peak hours, shuttling customers from popular destinations such as the Mall of America, the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis, Cedar Grove and Burnsville Transit Stations. Beginning on Friday, January 26 through February 4 on Super Bowl Sunday, the Proterra bus will operate during freezing temperatures. The vehicle's performance remains reliable through extreme weather because its E2 battery system includes active thermal management which monitors battery cell temperature and voltage, with more than 70 sensors capturing 160 different diagnostic data streams from each battery pack. Unlike other electric bus technologies, the Proterra battery integrates liquid cooling and proprietary state of charge algorithms that enable long life, rapid charge times and operation in virtually any climate.
MVTA chose the Proterra Catalyst E2 because of its proven transit performance in other similar climates such as Worcester Regional Transit Authority in Massachusetts and Park City Transit in Utah. The Catalyst E2 is ideal for MVTA driving conditions because of its purpose-built electric bus design, energy-dense batteries and efficient drivetrain. Proterra recently broke the world record for range, achieving 1,101.2 miles on a single charge utilizing E2 battery technology.
"With thousands of visitors coming to town, this was the perfect time to team up with MVTA and demonstrate the Catalyst E2 vehicle's unique cold-weather performance capabilities," said Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra. "To compete in the transit market, we've placed great emphasis on designing for durability, and we've created a drivetrain and battery system that completely outperforms conventional fossil-fuel powered drivetrains in every major performance category. We're excited to support MVTA and our transit partners as they redefine what it means to move the masses."
Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles, enabling bus fleet operators to significantly reduce operating costs while delivering clean, quiet transportation to local communities across North America. With more than 500 vehicles sold to 64 different municipal, university, airport, federal and commercial transit agencies in 29 states, Proterra is committed to providing state of the art, high performance vehicles to meet today's growing market demand. The company's configurable Catalyst platform is capable of serving the full daily mileage needs of nearly every transit route on a single charge. 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 Silicon Valley, South Carolina, and Los Angeles. For more information, visit: http://www.proterra.com and follow us on Twitter @Proterra_Inc.
About Minnesota Valley Transit Authority
MVTA serves suburbs in fast-growing Dakota and Scott County and provides connections to the region. MVTA is the public transit agency for Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, and Rosemount in Dakota County; Savage, Prior Lake and Shakopee in Scott County. More than 60 percent of MVTA routes serve residents commuting throughout the metro. For more information about MVTA, go to www.mvta.com.
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