Town of Edmonton, Alberta started working 21 of Proterra buses in its transit system earlier … [+] this 12 months.
Proterra, a Burlingame, California-based producer of electrical buses and battery packs for transportation, has developed a brand new battery pack that may be custom-made for heavy-duty business autos.
The Collection H pack is narrower (620 millimeters large) than Proterra’s present Collection S battery packs (860 millimeters), which the corporate makes use of in its electrical transit buses.
The brand new packs can maintain between 25 and 75 kilowatt-hours of vitality storage, in contrast with the Collection S’s capability of as much as 113 kWh. Its extra compact dimensions allow the Collection H to suit into normal truck body rails and enhance packaging flexibility.
“Proterra’s safe, reliable battery technology has been proven in hundreds of vehicles that are on the road today,” mentioned Proterra CEO and Chairman Jack Allen, in a press release. “That’s why world-class manufacturers are choosing Proterra to power their school buses, coach buses, delivery vans, and other electric vehicles. Now, we are excited to extend our best-in-class battery platform to help power even more commercial vehicles and accelerate the transition to clean, quiet transportation for all.”
Proterra’s new Collection H battery pack is designed to suit into present heavy-duty truck frames.
Proterra manufactures its buses within the Metropolis of Business, a Los Angeles suburb, and likewise has a plant in Greenville, South Carolina.
Final month the town of Edmonton, Alberta, unveiled 21 new Proterra-built electrical buses, the primary of what the town hopes will turn into a fleet of 40 battery-powered buses by the top of 2020.
A few 12 months in the past, TechCrunch reported that Proterra approved the sale of barely greater than 10.eight million shares at a price of $6.91. If all of the shares are bought the corporate’s valuation may very well be a bit greater than $1 billion.
Proterra, which was began by a number of former Tesla workers, can be exploring an preliminary public providing and retained Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan Chase to underwrite it, Reuters reported in July.
In May, Jack Allen was named CEO and Chairman, changing co-founder Ryan Popple, one of many Tesla alums. Popple stays with Proterra as govt director.
In April, the corporate obtained a $200 million line of credit score backed by Japanese funding agency Mitsui & Co. that helped it cut back the price of the electrical buses in its fleet.
The corporate’s batteries are utilized in college buses, coach buses, supply vans and shuttle buses. Its prospects embrace Thomas Constructed Bus, Van Hool, Bustech and Optimum-EV.
“Proterra has invested in shaping our battery technology to exceed the requirements of commercial fleet applications around the globe,” mentioned Proterra Chief Know-how Officer Dustin Grace, one other Tesla veteran.