EV busmaker opens fast-charging technology to the market

| 14 July 2016 | Category: News, Practices

proterra ev electric busJust like Tesla opened its patents two years ago, Proterra, the US electric bus manufacturer, released its patents for fast charging stations and interface to other manufacturers on a royalty-free basis. With the recent issuance of foundational patents covering this technology, Proterra is now clear to offer a complete technology package to the market. Proterra will grant anyone royalty-free access to its patents covering its industry leading single-blade overhead charging design.

Proterra’s system allows electrical buses to fast-charge, while stopping to let passengers board. A 10 minute charge is sufficient for 30 miles of driving. Operating like this a bus can stay in service all day.

Other advantages are savings of over $ 300.000,- on fuelcosts and engine service over the lifetime of the vehicle, and preventing over 80 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Industry-wide availability of the company’s single-blade overhead charging design will advance standardization efforts and will facilitate additional innovation. For more details on Proterra’s royalty-free access to its single blade technology, see www.proterra.com/charging-technology-details.

“As more and more electric buses operate on U.S. roads, it will be critical for the transit industry to have access to open technology platforms in order to effectively scale this technology and enhance the transit industry,” said Lee Gibson, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Nevada. “With Proterra opening up its technology to other manufacturers, this will significantly benefit communities across the nation with this proven technology. Together they can move the industry forward.”

With more than 2.4 million miles of revenue service across the United States, Proterra has more battery-electric buses on the road today than any other manufacturer, and the Proterra single-blade overhead fast-charge system is the most utilized on-route charging technology in the industry. Over the past five years, public transit agencies across the US have performed more than 250,000 charging events using the Proterra single-blade overhead fast-charge system, providing these agencies with the flexibility of keeping their buses on the road all-day, and seamlessly integrating electric buses with existing route schedules.

“At Proterra, we’re focused on designing and manufacturing the safest, highest-performing EV transit solutions on the market, but we’re also determined to enhance and expand the sector as a whole. We believe that everyone benefits from open platforms and greater customer choice,” said Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra. “We hope that this decision will encourage even more transit agencies to bring clean, quiet, emission-free vehicles to our city streets and community roadways.”

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