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Electric bus drives 1100 miles on a single charge, sets world record

Electric bus drives 1100 miles on a single charge, sets world record

According to commentators, while 1,100 miles is a lot more the average bus' daily mileage, Proterra's record may go a long way in persuading range-anxious transit authorities to replace internal combustion engines with battery power for future fleets.

Electric bus company Proterra, based in Burlingame, California, with an assembly plant in City of Industry, claimed a world record for electric vehicle range yesterday.

When California-based automaker Proterra took one of their all-electric Catalyst E2 Max busses to the Navistar Proving Grounds in IN, the vehicle managed to cover 1,772.2 kilometers (1,101.2 miles) before its battery pack ran out of power, breaking the record for the longest distance travelled by an electric vehicle on a single charge.

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Last September, Proterra achieved a range of 603 miles (970km) with 440kWh of energy storage, while in 2015, the company was able to achieve 258 miles (415km) with 257kWh of energy storage on a single charge.

The vehicle itself holds a 660kWh battery inside a 40-foot bus. Meanwhile, as prices for lithium ion batteries continue to drop Proterra believes that by 2025 the price for one of its buses will be lower than today's diesel buses. At 1,102 miles, the Catalyst E2 Max bus will pave the way for commercially available electric powered public transport.

Proterra followed up its 2015 effort with a 600 mi (966 km) run past year, completed by its Catalyst E2 electric bus. One U.S. company is looking to dismantle that myth when it comes to buses, and it may have just hit an important milestone in its quest. The company's configurable Catalyst platform is capable of serving the full daily mileage needs of almost every USA transit route on a single charge.


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