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Philadelphia's electric bus fleet has disappeared – HotAir

Philadelphia's electric bus fleet has disappeared – HotAir
Up in smoke

More than two dozen electric Proterra buses first unveiled by the city of Philadelphia in 2016 are already out of operation, according to a WHYY investigation.The entire fleet of Proterra buses was removed from the roads by SEPTA, the city’s transit authority, in February 2020 due to both structural and logistical problems—the weight of the powerful battery was cracking the vehicles’ chassis, and the battery life was insufficient for the city’s bus routes.The city paid $24 million for the 25 new Proterra buses, subsidized in part by a $2.So did they fail to work with Proterra’s figures and ask too much of the buses or did Proterra oversell their battery life claims?

According to reports from the time, the city knew that many buses needed to be able to make it 100 miles per charge, but the Proterra buses were only averaging 40 to 50 miles.6 million federal grant.

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