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DTA Announces Award of $6,343,890 LoNo Grant from FTA

Published: Expires: 3/3/2015

DTA will purchase six Proterra electric buses and a fast-charge station to be delivered in 2016.

DULUTH, MINNESOTA (February 3, 2015) – The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $6,343,890 FTA Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo) Grant to purchase six electric buses and a fast-charge station from Proterra.

Out of more than 70 applications, the DTA was one of only ten grant applicants to receive funding. A $1,119,510 local share will bring the total project cost to $7,463,400. The buses will be built at Proterra Manufacturing in Greenville, South Carolina with delivery anticipated in 2016. The fast-charge station will also be purchased and integrated into the DTA’s new Multimodal Transportation Center.

DTA General Manager, Dennis Jensen, believes this will have a significant impact on public transit across the country. “We’re very excited about this award. The timing is perfect as we have incorporated the charging station into the design of the new Multimodal Transportation Center,” said Jensen. “The operation of the all-electric vehicles in the Duluth area with its challenging weather and terrain will provide a real test and developmental process for electric vehicle technology in the transit industry.”

Duluth’s typography being on a hill along with the long winter season provides an ideal testing ground for electric buses. The DTA is also uniquely qualified to operate these buses with their proven record of embracing advanced technologies such as the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), WebWatch, Google Plan & Ride, and Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) systems. Once proven to successfully operate in Duluth, the demand for electric buses in other cold-weather cities across the country will likely increase.

About Proterra:

Proterra was founded by Dale Hill in 2004. The “EcoRide” was their first battery electric, zero-emissions bus to pass comprehensive Altoona testing for durability, safety, performance, maintainability and fuel economy. Their “Catalyst” 40-foot bus was built on the innovative heritage of the EcoRide and taken to another level.

Proterra Bus Facts:

  • 575% fuel advantage over a standard diesel bus
  • Enables a 30% reduction in annual maintenance spending
  • Lightweight composite body will never corrode
  • A very quiet ride for patrons and no tail pipe
  • Charges on-route in less than 10 minutes
  • 30 – 40 mile range
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