Breakthrough Electric Bus Travels 1,101 Miles Without Charging

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on September 23rd, 2017

Proterra, a California-based company, has developed an electric bus that can travel 1,101.2 miles without charging. Going on a test drive in New Carlisle, Indiana, the bus, named Catalyst E2 Max, has set a world record for driving the longest distance by an electric vehicle (EV) on a single charge, the company said in a press release on Tuesday.

“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,” said Matt Horton, Proterra’s chief commercial officer.

The battery of the 40-foot bus has an energy storage capacity of 660 kWh, which is nearly nine times the capacity of that in a Tesla Model S, according to reports.

Photo: The Proterra Catalyst E2 max electric bus that can travel 1,101.2 miles without charging. It has an energy storage capacity of 660 kWh.

The company claimed that the operational cost of the Catalyst E2 Max per mile is lower than conventional buses powered by fossil fuel.

As the world is warming up to hit the brakes on fossil fuel-based cars, electric vehicles are likely to become the dominant means of public transportation.

There are many reasons for the growing belief that electric vehicles, EVs, represent the future of autos.

First, technology costs have declined significantly, with battery costs approximately 20% of their cost five years ago. Also, further technological innovations, as well as substantial new battery capacity coming on stream in China, bode well for further price declines.

Secondly, a charging infrastructure is now being put in place in China, the United States, France, UK, Norway, India and other major countries around the world.

Finally, electric vehicles have lower operating costs than internal combustion engine, ICE, vehicles, even at today’s oil prices. As technology costs drive the initial price of electric vehicles lower, price parity with internal combustion engine, ICE, powered vehicles and lower operating costs will make a compelling economic case for electric vehicles.

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