Clemson Area Transit (South Carolina) Orders 10 All-Electric Proterra Buses

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South Carolina’s Clemson Area Transit (CATbus) agency has placed a new order for 10 all-electric 40′ Proterra Catalyst E2 buses, as well as required charging infrastructure, a new press release has revealed.

The 10 all-electric Proterra buses will reportedly be manufactured at the firm’s East Coast Manufacturing Facility near Greenville, South Carolina.

The buses are being purchased partly with a $3.9 million grant obtained via the Federal Highway and Transit Administration’s (FTA) Low- or No-Emissions program. That grant represents one of the largest awarded by the program in 2016 (a total of $55 million in grants was awarded by the program in 2016).

Green Car Congress provides more information: “Serving 1.9 million riders annually in three Upstate South Carolina counties, including the cities of Clemson and Seneca and the towns of Central and Pendleton as well as four universities, the fare-free CATbus system will have the largest zero-emission fleet in the Carolinas. … The ten-bus purchase complements the six Proterra buses already servicing the City of Seneca, SC that are operated by CATbus. In 2015, Seneca became the first city in the US to operate an all-electric bus fleet.”

According to Proterra, the use of its electric buses in the Seneca has to date resulted in the curtailment of over 1.3 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information on Proterra’s electric buses, see:


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