Electric Buses Coming to Camden
Highland Park, NJ; October 3nd, 2017
ChargEVC, a non-profit coalition supporting the adoption of electric vehicles in New Jersey, today announced that Camden, N.J. will see the state’s first electric buses. Funded by a $500,00 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Grant (Low-No) , NJ Transit is purchasing battery-electric buses from Proterra®, the leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation and a ChargEVC member. When deployed, the Proterra Catalyst® buses, designed and manufactured in the U.S., will operate out of Camden’s Newton Avenue Garage, 350 Newton Ave.
Providing best-in-class fuel efficiency and producing zero tailpipe emissions, each Proterra bus will eliminate more than 243,000 lbs. of CO2, helping to improve air quality for the Camden community. These transit vehicles will also provide marked savings. With lower year-over-year operation and maintenance costs, resulting from having thirty percent fewer parts, and lower and more stable fueling costs when compared to a standard diesel bus, NJ Transit has the potential to achieve over $450,000 in operational savings, per vehicle, over 12 years.
This action by NJ Transit follows ChargEVC’s recent Roadmap release, which includes electrification for all communities so that the benefits of electrification are enjoyed equitably throughout the state.
Pamela Frank, CEO of ChargEVC, stated, “This is an exciting first step towards significantly cleaning up the air in New Jersey’s most polluted urban areas. We congratulate NJ Transit and Proterra on this award.”
“We applaud NJ Transit for its first battery-electric deployment in New Jersey and its march toward zero-emission, all-electric fleets,” said Ryan Popple, CEO, Proterra. “As we build momentum towards a cleaner, healthier future, we are excited to help eliminate fossil fuels from transit operations.”
ChargEVC is a not-for-profit coalition of diverse stakeholders that includes retail automotive dealers, utilities, consumer and equity advocates, environmental and labor organizations and technology companies. See chargevc.org for the complete roadmap and for more information.
Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles, enabling bus fleet operators to significantly reduce operating costs while delivering clean, quiet transportation to local communities across the United States. With more than 400 vehicles sold to 42 different municipal, university, and commercial transit agencies in 20 states, Proterra is committed to providing state of the art, high performance vehicles to meet today’s growing market demand. The company’s configurable Catalyst platform is capable of serving the full daily mileage needs of nearly every U.S. transit route on a single charge. With unmatched durability and energy efficiency based on rigorous U.S. certification testing, Proterra products are proudly designed, engineered and manufactured in America, with offices in Silicon Valley, South Carolina, and Los Angeles. For more information, visit: http://www.proterra.com and follow us on Twitter @Proterra_Inc.