Capital Metro in Austin, Texas will purchase four Proterra 40-foot Catalyst E2 buses and four 60 kW Proterra charging systems. Capital Metro joins a growing list of agencies implementing battery-electric bus fleets and is the fifth city in Texas to purchase Proterra electric buses including VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Citibus in Lubbock, and Port Arthur Transit.
An all-electric fleet is a primary goal of Project Connect, Capital Metro’s sustainable and connected vision for regional transportation, and a crucial component of its plan for sustainable public transit.
Capital Metro also announced that it has started the transformation of a former warehouse into a storage and smart charging facility, capable of accommodating up to 214 electric buses. Proterra plans to provide technical assistance for the initial charging infrastructure installation, as it has done in more than 45 successful infrastructure projects to date.
Proterra was selected after three manufacturers provided electric buses to the agency in 2018 for a demonstration project. Capital Metro was able to leverage the Georgia State Contract to purchase the buses. The state of Georgia underwent a testing and review process and selected Proterra as a statewide vendor for electric buses, and allows other states to leverage the state contract to simplify the process of purchasing electric buses and partner with Proterra.