Proterra bus first electric busProterra, a maker of electric vehicles, unveiled an all-electric bus that can charge in 10 minutes.

The company unveiled its EcoRide BE35 at its plant in Greenville, S.C., on Dec. 16.

The bus will offer a fivefold improvement in fuel efficiency compares with a diesel bus and can yield operating savings of more than $400,000 over the lifetime of the bus.

"Proterra is excited to see the first EcoRide BE35 bus rolling off our new assembly line," said Jeff Granato, CEO of Proterra.

The bus will be sent to the Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center to be examined and tested by the FTA. The vehicle is the first all-electric bus that the FTA has examined.

If it passes the FTA tests, Proterra will start selling the bus commercially.

The company has already received interest from transit agencies in the United States.

The bus contains all electric components, including an electric drive motor that allows for faster acceleration than a conventional bus, the company said.

Still, the vehicle can only operate for three hours without being plugged in.

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kenneth

Did I read that right? It will run for 3 hours before requiring a re-charge of the batteries, but re-charging takes only 10 minutes? Compared with the Nissan Leaf, which has a range of (max) 81 miles. Assuming an average speed of 40 mph, that would translate into about 2 hours. But then, the Leaf requires a lengthy re-charging of 8 to 10 hours. This bus would appear to be a quantum leap from anything currently on the market. A 10 minute re-charge would suddenly make electric vehicles feasible for the masses.

December 17 2010 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
phasejump

President Obama is really fantastic

December 17 2010 at 8:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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nos2001

WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM.? IS IT IN THIS GALAXY? SO FAR HE IS A BIGTIME FAILURE....WHAT ELSE COULD ONE EXPECT FROM SOMEONE THAT HAS NEVER RUN OR MANAGED ANYTHING.... NOT EVEN AS LITTLE AS A HOTDOG OR LEMONADE STAND.

December 17 2010 at 11:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply