Utah’s Park City Transit recently deployed 6 all-electric Proterra Catalyst FC+ buses, which will be used to serve transit riders in the ski resort communities in Park City and Summit County, according to recent reports.
The electric bus deployment is part of Park City’s overall renewable energy and carbon-footprint-reduction plan — which is currently aimed at Park City achieving a net-zero carbon footprint for its municipal operations by the year 2022, and a Summit County area-wide net-zero carbon footprint by the year 2032.
Interestingly, the Proterra bus deployment means that the Park City region is now the first mountain resort community in the country to be home to an all-electric bus fleet.
“Nicknamed the ‘Electric Xpress,’ the free transit service will provide clean, quiet, and efficient transportation to residents and tourists throughout several neighborhoods, including Park City Resort, Canyons Village, Silver Springs, Silver Lake Village, Empire Pass and Park Meadows,” Green Car Congress notes.
“The Park City region deployment not only marks the first battery-electric transit fleet for Utah and the nationwide mountain resort industry, it also represents the first implementation of Proterra’s battery-lease financing model — i.e.,. buy the bus, lease the battery. To address some of the cost barriers that have previously deterred transit agencies from transitioning to battery-electric vehicles, this new financing model enables agencies to purchase electric buses at approximately the same price or less than fossil fuel-based alternatives.”
So, to put that in very plain language, Proterra is completely responsible for the performance of the batteries in the 6 electric buses in question, throughout the whole period of the lease.