The Municipality of Anchorage’s Public Transportation Department is hosting a press and Anchorage Assembly tour of the new 40‐foot Proterra Catalyst E2 electric/battery-powered bus before it officially hits Anchorage streets next week.
The MOA and Proterra will debut the new bus at a kickoff event and Anchorage Assembly tour starting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at the PTD Administration Building, 3600 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Anchorage. The bus will begin serving routes for the general public starting Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 for a four-month trial period.
Kickoff Event/Assembly Tour – January 11, 2018
10:30‐11 a.m. ‐ Bus will be available for press photos
11 ‐ 11:15 a.m. – Presentation/Overview will be given to the Anchorage Assembly members and Press
11:15 ‐ 12 p.m. ‐ Bus driving tour to the Dimond Transit Center and back
The four-month trial period will test how the bus performs in winter weather, how cold temperatures affect the battery life and whether it’s feasible to pursue an electric bus fleet in the future. PTD partnered with MOA’s Solid Waste Services to lease the bus. SWS will also be monitoring its performance to help establish the feasibility of electric garbage trucks.
A Proterra Catalyst bus is 100 percent electric, emitting zero tailpipe emissions or pollutants — reducing CO2 emissions by an astounding 243,980-pounds annually per diesel vehicle replaced. Without a combustion engine, a Catalyst vehicle also substantially reduces noise pollution. The bus will operate everyday on routes 10, 25, and 35 beginning Jan. 16. Riders are invited to share their experiences riding the battery‐powered bus on social media using #ElectricRideANC.