Bay Areas first electric airport bus fleet Fleet
November 27, 2017 Proterra
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Proterra Catalyst E2 e-bus
Proterra, an innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation, announced that
the San José City Council has approved the purchase of ten Proterra Catalyst
E2 zero-emissions battery-electric transit buses and related charging
infrastructure for use at the Norman Y. Mineta San José International
Airport (SJC). The Council selected Proterra as SJC's battery-electric bus
provider citing the company's sustainability, performance and operational
cost-savings excellence. This purchase marks Proterra's first airport
electric bus deployment in the San Francisco Bay Area. Scheduled to be
placed in service in late 2018, the buses will be designed and built in
California at Proterra's Los Angeles County manufacturing facility.
"The addition of this all-electric bus fleet reflects SJC's continued
commitment to delivering a world-class passenger experience and advancing
our community's collective sustainability goals," said San José Mayor Sam
Liccardo. "These electric buses can help us significantly reduce costs and
greenhouse gas emissions, and represent a step towards our aspiration that
an electric engine power every shuttle and bus on San Jose's streets."
With 12 million passengers annually, SJC currently provides on-site shuttle
buses to transport passengers and luggage among the airport's short- and
long-term parking lots, consolidated rental car garage and terminals, with a
fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) buses. Funded in part by a $3.8
million zero-emissions vehicle grant from the Federal Aviation
Administration, the new Proterra battery-electric buses will replace these
older CNG buses, resulting in the elimination 3.1 million pounds of
greenhouse gas tailpipe emissions over the lifetime of these vehicles.
Since the Proterra electric buses have no combustion engine, riders will
enjoy a quieter, smoother, exhaust-free ride. In addition to traveler
benefits, the operational cost of electricity, at $.19/mile, is
substantially lower than diesel, at $.84/mile. Combining this with greatly
improved vehicle efficiency, at 21 MPG equivalent, vs. 5 MPG for their
current CNG buses and reduced vehicle maintenance costs will result in an
estimated savings of about $4 million during the 12-year lifetime of these
ten new Proterra buses.
"This purchase builds upon initiatives SJC has put in place to address the
concerns and interests of the community and the environment," said Director
of Aviation John Aitken. These include recycling and composting programs
supporting a zero waste commitment by 2022, a 1MW, 3.4-acre solar array
powering the airport's rental car garage and a shift to airside electric
service vehicles reducing emissions from operations. Complementing these
efforts, SJC's Terminal B received a Silver LEED certification—one of the
first airports in the U.S. to receive the honor—for its innovative use of
building materials to reduce energy use.
"As the community synonymous with innovation, Silicon Valley is the
breeding ground for technologies that continue to change the way we live,
work and play. SJC's pioneering vision to transition their fossil fuel fleet
to a zero-emission fleet underscores the area's spirit of innovation and
matches Proterra's goal of providing clean, quiet transportation to all,"
said Ryan Popple, CEO, Proterra. Last Mile Electric Vehicles 2018-2028
The Federal Aviation Administration's Zero Emissions Airport Vehicle and
Infrastructure Pilot Program was created in 2012 to improve airport air
quality and facilitates use of zero emissions technologies at airports.
Grants are awarded for up to 50 percent of the cost of zero emissions
vehicles and associated infrastructure.
Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) is Silicon Valley's airport, a
self‐supporting enterprise owned and operated by the City of San José. The
airport serves 12 million passengers annually, with 200+ peak daily
departures on 16 international and domestic carriers to 53 nonstop
destinations. SJC was America's fastest‐growing major airport in 2016, based
on percentage increase in passenger seat capacity.
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