US electric bus maker to supply up to 73 buses to King County Metro
Proterra has announced an additional order from King County Metro that will include up to 73 battery-electric buses for metro Seattle and adjoining communities. It follows King County Metro’s plan to launch a record-setting electric transit fleet by 2020.
King County has long been an innovator in clean vehicle technology,” said Executive Constantine in a statement released by King County. “Now, we’re dramatically expanding our zero-emission electric bus fleet and working with the industry to innovate and offer next generation vehicles that move people quietly and cleanly while helping meet our climate goals.”
King County Metro will purchase up to 73 battery-electric buses from Proterra at a cost of up to US$55 million, starting with 20 buses totalling US$15.1 million.
Charging stations to support the initial orders of those buses will range from US$5.5 million to US$6.6 million.
“King County Metro’s decision to purchase up to 73 Proterra battery-electric buses not only represents a significant milestone for mass transit in the U.S., but also a resounding victory for the clean transportation industry as a whole. Already a model for the new generation of sustainability-minded transit agencies, King County Metro continues to demonstrate its commitment to exceptional service, environmental action, and technological innovation,” said Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra. “We look forward to supporting them as they deploy our industry-leading Catalyst buses across their expanding ridership base.”