After Alabama, here comes New Mexico. Proterra set a new ‘first’ in US, this time signing a contract with the bus operator Atomic City Transit. The company of Los Alamos, New Mexico, has agreed to purchase two Proterra Catalyst 35-foot E2 buses together with two Proterra 125 kW plug-in charging systems.
Atomic City Transit is Proterra’s first customer in New Mexico, increasing Proterra’s reach into 43 US states and Canadian provinces with more than 100 customers.
City transit via electric buses in New Mexico
Atomic City Transit offers transit service in both Los Alamos and White Rock and provides an average of over 545,000 annual passenger trips. Los Alamos received $1.485 million through the Low or No Emission Grant Program to purchase new zero-emission battery-electric buses and chargers to replace the City’s existing diesel fleet. The Proterra electric buses will be used on the downtown route.
Two electric motors for the Proterra buses in New Mexico
To help customers like Atomic City Transit meet their toughest routes and conditions, Proterra offers a high performance DuoPower drivetrain, which delivers nearly twice the horsepower and five times better fuel efficiency than a standard diesel engine, according to Proterra.
The DuoPower drivetrain features two electric motors that deliver an impressive 510 horsepower, accelerating a Catalyst bus from 0-20 mph in about five seconds. In addition, the DuoPower drivetrain can propel a bus up a 27 percent grade, making it an ideal option for routes with steep hills.
Proterra buses to meet sustainability goals
“Atomic City Transit has been a leader in New Mexico in identifying and implementing innovative solutions that deliver economic and environmental benefits to the public,” said Proterra CEO Ryan Popple. “Proterra’s purpose-built electric buses will help Atomic City Transit meet its sustainability goals while continuing to deliver great service to its community with clean, quiet transportation.”
“Proterra electric buses are a great solution for transit agencies in the Southwest. With more than 10 million miles of proven performance on the road, our vehicles have tackled some of the toughest routes in all climates,” said Lauren Cochran, Director of Southwest Sales, Proterra. “With more than a decade of experience implementing heavy-duty fleets and infrastructure in North America, our team of experts is ready to help transit agencies seamlessly transition to clean, quiet, battery-electric fleets.”