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San Francisco airport equipped with six Proterra e-buses

Proterra Catalyst E2 electric bus

The Proterra Catalyst buses will remove more than 23 million pounds of GHG emissions over 12 years

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has purchased six 40-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 electric buses and three 60 kW Proterra plug-in chargers, joining a growing list of airports across North America. The new battery-electric bus fleet will reduce Bay Area emissions while cutting SFO’s bus operating costs.

SFO’s Five-Year Strategic Plan sets goals of carbon neutrality across airport-controlled operations by 2021 and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from a 1990 baseline. Part of that plan includes the creation of a Clean Vehicle Policy to promote the adoption and deployment of low emission vehicles by both airport departments and ground transportation providers.

The Proterra Catalyst buses will eliminate more than 23 million pounds of greenhouse gas tailpipe emissions over the 12-year life of the vehicles. SFO also expects to purchase additional battery-electric buses to replace its CNG vehicles.

“By deploying San Francisco’s first public battery-electric buses, we’re on the path to zero emissions in our ground transportation services, leading the way in our quest to be the world’s most sustainable airport,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero.

The new electric buses will integrate batteries that are designed and manufactured at Proterra’s Silicon Valley headquarters in Burlingame, California. With 440 kWh of battery capacity on board, the buses will be part of SFO’s fleet that currently provides buses to shuttle passengers between the terminals, long-term parking garages and other airport locations along daily routes.

SFO joins seven other major airports that are leading the electrification trend across ground transportation fleets. These include California’s Sacramento International Airport (SMF) and Silicon Valley’s Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) and beyond California, Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), Honolulu International Airport (HNL), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA).

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