28 Oct '15, 12pm

The future of transit! This electric bus was made by an ex-Tesla employee

The future of transit! This electric bus was made by an ex-Tesla employee

Proterra is trying to do for buses what Tesla is trying to do to cars, and it's not surprising since Ryan Popple, the company's CEO, used to work for Elon Musk. So far the company's electric buses have distinguished themselves for their efficiency, light-weight, and driving range. The latest breakthrough comes in the range department: The company has driven its latest model 258 miles on a single charge, leaving the BYD electric bus with a record of 200 miles in the dust. Proterra/Promo image This new milestone was reached by a Proterra 40-foot Catalyst XR with 8 NMC Li-ion battery packs, holding 257 kWh of energy. Average speed was 30 mph (48 kph), which is fairly realistic for a bus, and average energy consumption was 0.8 kWh/mile, which is very good for a vehicle of that size carrying this many people. This milestone is important because once you pass the average driving...

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