traffic of the big cities is a problem environmental to solve the city councils of these cities. He must include the urban bus although we should also mention that in recent years many of them have gone out of use mechanical diesel to be driven natural gas or be hybrid. In addition, many of the environment policies are focused on the use of public transport and other means of transport.
Therefore to improve public transport, and more specifically the city buses startup Proterra has launched the project Catalyst E2 Series. This company, based in Silicon Valley (united States) has focused on improving the public transportation service with a alternative electric real and viable in the long term. To do this it has developed the prototype that you see in the pictures.
As it is logical to have created a city bus completely electric. This means of transport is destined to serve the great cities of the world. To do this with a battery of 660 kWh power with which it reaches an autonomy of 563 kilometers between recharges. This battery is hosted in the lower part of the chassis of the bus and has a size similar to that of a mattress for domestic use. With these features the bus measures 12.2 meter of length, and its weight is close to the 12 tons (had to use carbon fiber in its body).
To optimize the duration of its battery, the bus has a system of regenerative braking. In this way you can take advantage of up to the 92 percent of the kinetic energy of the bus. If we take into account the autonomy and this system of regeneration of energy we could complete a working day with a single recharge of batteries. In addition to optimize the use of this bus, the battery can be fully charged in a maximum of five hours, making it possible to load in the garage during the night.
The intention of Proterra is that your bus is driving on the streets of Los Angeles during the next year and their price range will start at the $ 800,000. What remains to be seen how many cities are encouraged and go to the green side?
Source – Proterra