Miami-Dade County and Proterra plan to initiate EV technology project

A leading innovator in the electrification of commercial vehicles, Proterra Inc., and the county of Miami-Dade have apparently initiated a milestone fleet electrification project. Under this project, the county will acquire around 42 electric transit buses of Proterra ZX5+, which includes a battery storage capacity of 19 megawatt-hours.

The county has also planned to equip three bus depots with around 75 Proterra chargers. The first fleet of electric buses will be delivered by 2022.

This announcement adds to the initiative taken by Miami to expand its EV bus fleet by including 42 new buses from Proterra and bringing the fleet count to 75 electric buses. This will be the largest fleet of electric buses measuring 40 feet in the United States. The project will be one of the largest installations of fleet charging stations in North America.

This collaboration showcases Proterra’s capability of using EV technology solutions to deploy commercial EVs on a large scale. This comprises electric transit buses, industry-leading vehicle battery systems, and infrastructure for fleet charging.

Jack Allen, CEO of Proterra, has apparently stated that the county of Miami-Dade has been leading in advanced cleantech solutions for a long time. He further added that the company is excited to build on this collaboration and fulfill the county’s goal of achieving zero-emission using its EV technology.

Daniella Levine Cava, the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, has commented that this partnership bolsters the county’s goal of incorporating clean, renewable energy by offering efficient transportation alternatives and protecting the environment. She further added that with the addition of new electric transit buses, the county will become a leader in sustainable transportation fleets across Florida and one of the largest fleets in the U.S.

Proterra designs and manufactures its electric transit buses in the United States. The buses are equipped with the company’s industry-leading, proprietary battery tech systems. Proterra currently has over 600 vehicles on the road and its battery system has served over 20 million miles. Premier commercial manufacturers often collaborate with Proterra for electrifying construction equipment, coach buses, school buses, and delivery vehicles.

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