Funding has been awarded to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District for the deployment of 15 all-electric Proterra buses, as well as 11 Proterra depot chargers + 4 Proterra fast chargers. The funding was provided by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to help clean up California’s air.
The new electric buses and charging equipment will be deployed throughout the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s (SJVAPCD’s) territory. Deployment areas will reportedly include: the Fresno County Rural Transit Agency, the California State University Fresno, the City of Visalia Transit Division, the San Joaquin Regional Transit District, and the City of Modesto Transit Services.
The plan behind the Proterra Catalyst electric bus deployment is to reduce the release of both air pollution and greenhouse gases.
The Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer of the SJVAPCD, Samir Sheikh, commented: “In the last 22 years, we have implemented voluntary incentive programs that have resulted in more than 134,000 tons of emission reductions. We are particularly proud of projects like this one with Proterra as they accelerate the deployment of zero-emission heavy-duty technologies, which reduces emissions from mobile sources, the biggest air quality challenge facing the Valley. We expect this program will eliminate 1.592 tons per year of weighted criteria pollutants.”
The deployment of Proterra electric buses and associated infrastructure is also expected to serve as a regional model — showcasing the economic, environmental, and public health benefits of such deployments.
Notably, Proterra will be manufacturing the electric buses and charging infrastructure at the firm’s newly completed facility in Southern California.