Proterra Catalyst E2 max electric bus sets world record + drives 1101.2 miles on a single-charge
an innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation announces it has set a world record for driving the longest distance ever traveled by an electric vehicle on a single charge at the navistar proving grounds in new carlisle, indiana. proterra’s 40-foot ‘catalyst E2 max’ electric bus traveled 1,101.2 miles (1,772.2 km) this month with just 660 kWh of energy storage capacity.
for the last three consecutive years, proterra has demonstrated improved range and battery performance. during september 2017, the american-manufacturer drove 603 miles (970 km) with 440 kWh of energy storage, and in 2015, it drove 258 miles (415 km) with 257kWh of energy storage on a single charge. this year’s world record range marks exceptional performance improvements over previous years, and underscores the zero-emission bus company’s commitment to innovation and accelerating the mass adoption of heavy-duty electric vehicles.
‘for our heavy-duty electric bus to break the previous world record of 1,013.76 miles — which was set by a light-duty passenger ev 46 times lighter than the catalyst E2 max — is a major feat,’ comments matt horton, proterra’s chief commercial officer. ‘this record achievement is a testament to proterra’s purpose-built electric bus design, energy-dense batteries and efficient drivetrain.’
beyond meeting transit agencies’ range requirements, the ‘catalyst E2 max’ is poised to make a significant impact on the transit market because of its low operational cost per mile compared to conventional fossil fuel powered buses. according to bloomberg new energy finance, lithium-ion battery prices have dropped by roughly 72 percent since 2010, and the economics for batteries continue to improve. between li-ion battery cost savings and improving vehicle efficiency, electric vehicles represent the most disruptive mode of transport today.
‘driven by the best cost savings-per-mile, we believe the business case for heavy-duty electric buses is superior to all other applications, and that the transit market will be the first to transition completely to battery-electric powered vehicles,’ says ryan popple, proterra’s CEO. ‘early electric bus adopters like our first customer, foothill transit, have paved the way for future heavy-duty applications, like motor coaches and commercial trucks. as we see incumbents and more companies enter the heavy-duty ev market, it has become very apparent that the future is all-electric, and the sun is setting on combustion engine technology.’