Proterra and FTA to Discuss New Technologies at 2012 APTA Sustainability Conference

Aug. 3, 2012
Proterra will discuss how new fleet technology can provide a sustainable solution for transit fleets — economically, environmentally and fiscally.

Proterra will discuss how new fleet technology can provide a sustainable solution for transit fleets — economically, environmentally and fiscally. The event, organized by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), focuses on the connection between sustainability and “state of good repair” (SOGR), and how innovative partnerships are being forged to advance both objectives.

The conference will take place August 5 – 8, in Philadelphia, Pa., at the Marriott Downtown Hotel.

Joshua Goldman, Proterra director of business development, will be part of a panel discussion focused on sustainability as it relates to new technologies and new fleets. This peer exchange will take place on Tuesday, August 7 from 9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Other speakers on this panel are Matthew Lesh, TIGGER program manager for the Federal Transit Authority (FTA), Stephanie Shipp from HDR Engineering, and John Glidden, chief financial officer from the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. Collette Erickson, chief sustainability officer for New York City Transit, will act as the session moderator.

As the only United States-based manufacturer of zero-emissions battery-electric buses, Proterra has led the charge in the industry to not only introduce clean technology, but also to create a sustainable operating model to make this technology a more viable option to transit agencies across the country. In addition to adding zero emissions to the environment, offering the best fuel economy of any passenger bus and having the market’s lowest carbon footprint, Proterra’s battery-electric EcoRide is the quietest bus on the road, reducing noise pollution and creating a more positive urban environment.

The company has recently announced key contract wins and delivered buses to several transit agencies across the country. VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, Texas, and StarMetro in Tallahassee, Fla., are anticipated to roll-out Proterra buses in the next six months.

“While we are constantly working on improving technology to reduce the upfront investment required for our buses, Proterra places a great emphasis on making overall life-cycle costs much less than those of competing incumbent technologies,” said Proterra director of business development, Joshua Goldman. “Proterra’s EcoRide battery-electric buses deliver high operational sustainability through reduced maintenance, operating and fuel costs to create real ongoing economic advantages for our customers that, over time, help to offset the cost of the buses themselves.”