The 29 transit agencies around the country received Low or No Emissions Vehicle Deployment Grants totaling $27.5 million, half of the total round of $55 million in Low-No grants issued by the FTA for 2017.
"As we build momentum towards a cleaner, healthier future, we are excited to partner with this latest round of Low-No recipients to help eliminate fossil fuels from their transit operations," CEO Ryan Popple said in a statement.
Van Hool said it plans to equip its CX45E coach with Proterra's battery platform, with deliveries expected in 2019 and a shorter CX35E model available soon after. The coach models will be co-branded with Proterra. Van Hool, distributed in the U.S. by ABC Bus Cos., operates a number of commuter shuttles and other customers in Silicon Valley.
Headed by a former Tesla executive, Proterra has been on a roll in recent months. Last month, the Burlingame, Calif.-based company said its 40-foot Catalyst E2 max set a world record by traveling 1,101.2 miles on a single charge, with 660 kWh of energy storage capacity. The feat marked the third consecutive year of demonstrating improved range and battery performance. Proterra co-developed the battery cell with South Korean supplier LG Chem.
At a conference in Atlanta on Monday, Proterra introduced its DuoPower drivetrain — two electric motors that generate 510 horsepower and give its Catalyst bus nearly twice the horsepower and acceleration and make it five times more efficient than a standard diesel bus at 26.1 MPGe. Proterra says that'll propel the bus up a 26 percent grade, making it a good solution for fleets in hilly areas.
Back in June, the company received $55 million in equity funding from Al Gore's Generation Investment Management and BMW's i Ventures, a reflection of the demand by many municipalities for emission-free alternatives to diesel bus fleets.