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Proterra Catalyst E2 Max Sets World Record and Drives 1,101.2 Miles on a Single Charge


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BURLINGAME, CA - September 19, 2017 - Today Proterra, the leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation, announced it has set a world record for driving the longest distance ever traveled with an electric vehicle on a single charge at the Navistar Proving Grounds in New Carlisle, Indiana. Proterra's 40-foot Catalyst E2 max traveled 1,101.2 miles this month with 660 kWh of energy storage capacity. For the last three consecutive years, Proterra has demonstrated improved range and battery performance. Last September, Proterra drove 603 miles with 440kWh of energy storage, and in 2015, Proterra drove 258 miles with 257kWh of energy storage on a single charge. This year's world record range marks exceptional performance improvements over prior years, and underscores Proterra's commitment to innovation and accelerating the mass adoption of heavy-duty electric vehicles.

"For our heavy-duty electric bus to break the previous world record of 1,013.76 miles -- which was set by a light-duty passenger EV 46 times lighter than the Catalyst E2 max -- is a major feat," said Matt Horton, Proterra's chief commercial officer. "This record achievement is a testament to Proterra's purpose-built electric bus design, energy-dense batteries and efficient drivetrain."

Beyond meeting transit agencies' range requirements, the Catalyst E2 max is poised to make a significant impact on the transit market because of its low operational cost per mile compared to conventional fossil fuel powered buses. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, lithium-ion battery prices have dropped by roughly 72 percent since 2010, and the economics for batteries continue to improve. Between li-ion battery cost savings and improving vehicle efficiency, electric vehicles represent the most disruptive mode of transport today.

"Driven by the best cost savings-per-mile, we believe the business case for heavy-duty electric buses is superior to all other applications, and that the transit market will be the first to transition completely to battery-electric powered vehicles," said Ryan Popple, Proterra CEO. "Early electric bus adopters like our first customer, Foothill Transit, have paved the way for future heavy-duty applications, like motor coaches and commercial trucks. As we see incumbents and more companies enter the heavy-duty EV market, it has become very apparent that the future is all-electric, and the sun is setting on combustion engine technology."

About Proterra
Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles, enabling bus fleet operators to significantly reduce operating costs while delivering clean, quiet transportation to local communities across the United States. With more than 400 vehicles sold to 42 different municipal, university, and commercial transit agencies in 20 states, Proterra is committed to providing state of the art, high performance vehicles to meet today's growing market demand. The company's configurable Catalyst platform is capable of serving the full daily mileage needs of nearly every U.S. transit route on a single charge. With unmatched durability and energy efficiency based on rigorous U.S. certification testing, Proterra products are proudly designed, engineered and manufactured in America, with offices in Silicon Valley, South Carolina, and Los Angeles. For more information, visit: http://www.proterra.com and follow us on Twitter @Proterra_Inc.




The Proterra Catalyst® 40-Foot Transit Vehicle

40

Seating Capacity

42' 6''

Length

15.5%

Gradeability

Best Performing, Most Efficient, Lightest Weight

Configuration Options

FC

XR

E2

Nominal Range (miles)*

49-62

136-193

251-350

Energy Level (kWh)

79-105

220-330

440-660

Standard Charge Time

10-13 min

< 3 hrs

< 3.5-5 hrs

Curb Weight (lbs)

26,446-27,500

26,637-28,243

29,849-33,061

Lowest Maintenance Costs

Imagine no more oil changes or emissions after-treatments. Imagine not having to maintain an engine, fuel system, cooling system or exhaust system. With Proterra, all that effort and expense is a thing of the past. And without all those costs, maintenance savings can add up to $237,000 over the lifetime of a Catalyst compared to a diesel-hybrid bus, and up to $151,000 compared to diesel. With a substantial reduction in inventoried parts, the savings are dramatic.

Lowest Cost of Ownership

Proterra Catalyst® 40-foot zero-emission transit vehicles aren’t just clean and quiet. They’re also far more economical than conventional transit vehicles. With the incredibly low and very stable fuel cost that electricity offers, and significantly lower year-over-year maintenance costs resulting from having 30 percent fewer parts, our customers have the potential to achieve over $450,000 in operational savings per vehicle over 12 years.

Catalyst Vehicle Specifications Comparison