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Electric Buses for East Los Angeles

Electric Buses for East Los Angeles

Three EcoRide BE35 zero-emission, fast-charge battery-electric transit buses will go into operation for Foothill Transit in East Los Angeles. Made by Proterra, the EcoRide bus uses all electric components, which make for a quiet, smooth ride. Three hours is the operating time for a single charge, and recharging requires only ten minutes. The brief recharge time means the EcoRide can get juiced up while it is in service on a route where there is a charging station.

It is estimated that since it does not use a conventional petroleum engine, the EcoRide saves hundreds of thousands of dollars in maintenance costs over its lifetime. Other features make the electric bus achieve the equivalent of 18 -29 miles per gallon in a diesel bus, when fully loaded with 68 passengers. Proterra says that it is an improvement in fuel efficiency of 500 percent.

CEO of Proterra, Jeffery Granato said, “The first commercial deployment of Proterra’s battery-electric buses by a major transit agency like Foothill Transit is a significant milestone for Proterra and a bold step by the nation in our collective effort to decrease dependence on fossil fuel.” (Source: Sys-Con Media) Proterra intends to sell 80-100 EcoRides next year, and 250 the year after that.

Foothill Transit has about 314 buses in service. Many run on compressed natural gas. They have an option to purchase nine more EcoRide buses, if the three they have now perform well on the roads. The district includes cities such as Pomona, Pasadena, Asuza, Montclair, and Whittier.

Back in 1910, an electric trolleybus line ran in the Hollywood area, but it only lasted until 1915. It was replaced by fossil fuel buses. Today, the understanding of urgent environmental and health needs in society is much greater, so it is likely the interest in electric bus usage will only grow.

Image Credit: Proterra

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5:55PM PDT on May 26, 2012

Thanks

9:53AM PDT on May 26, 2012

Google "peak oil" and learn why we have to go to wind and solar .

7:46AM PST on Feb 4, 2012

AwEsoMe!!!

1:14AM PDT on Nov 7, 2010

thanks

9:52AM PDT on Sep 13, 2010

Good!

5:07PM PDT on Sep 12, 2010

Great news, thanks!

5:03PM PDT on Sep 8, 2010

good move

9:54AM PDT on Sep 8, 2010

Un espoir dans la bonne direction de la compagnie Proterra
pour un environnement plus propre,pourrait faire réflaichir toutes
ces multinationales polluantes à changer de direction pour
un avenir plus saint ./

3:46AM PDT on Sep 8, 2010

This is awesome! I hope more and more cities are able to start replacing their buses with these.

5:20PM PDT on Sep 7, 2010

This is another great first step. We are making progress, slowly but surely. Thanks, Jake, for sharing with us.

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