Alternative Fuels

Proterra Launches New Charging Solution for Electric Vehicles

Posted on October 21, 2019

BURLINGAME, Calif. — Proterra has launched a new multi-dispenser charging solution for electric vehicles.

The new charging solution enables automated, sequential vehicle charging with up to four dispensers per power control system (PCS), according to a news release from Proterra. The solution is available for use with Proterra's 60-kilowatt (kW) and 125 kW systems, the Proterra Catalyst transit vehicle, and Thomas Built Buses' Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley electric school bus (powered by Proterra). For customers who already have Proterra chargers, the multi-dispenser solution can be retrofitted onto existing PCS units, according to the supplier.

"One of the biggest challenges with full fleet electrification is managing a complex energy ecosystem and charging infrastructure," said Matt Horton, Proterra’s chief commercial officer. "Proterra has consistently designed and developed both products and services that help lower upfront costs and provide flexible, scalable charging solutions to meet customer needs."

Proterra’s charging systems utilize standard J1772-CCS plug-in and SAE J3105 overhead pantograph technology, which enables fleet operators to charge a variety of heavy-duty and light-duty electric vehicles (EVs) with the same chargers. The chargers are also vehicle-to-grid capable and smart-grid ready. In addition to the multiple dispensers for one PCS, dispensers can be installed up to 500 feet away from the PCS to further optimize space, according to Proterra.

To support customers transitioning to a fully electric fleet, Proterra offers a suite of options to enable delivery of a complete energy ecosystem, including design, build, financing, operations, maintenance, and energy optimization. The supplier’s team of in-house experts can also design and implement a charging infrastructure solution that fits the needs of transit agencies and other heavy-duty EV fleet operators.

Related Topics: alternative fuels, electric bus, Thomas Built Buses

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