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Foothill Transit Introduces Long Range Electric Bus

Foothill Transit in West Covina, CA, introduced the nation’s first-ever long-range electric bus to service Nov. 3 on a 22-mile round trip route.

The Catalyst E2 bus from Proterra can provide continuous service as it charges in-route at a special docking station at the Azusa Intermodal Transit Center. When fully charged, the bus can travel 254 miles, which will allow Foothill Transit to achieve its goal of having an all-electric fleet by 2030.

Foothill Transit Executive Director and former APTA Chair Doran Barnes said, “Going all-electric means we need vehicles that can literally go the distance. We’re still leading the charge, and we can because of the constant evolution of electric bus technology, and because of the dedication of incredible engineers who believe that providing zero-emission vehicles ultimately improve our environment.”

Foothill Transit serves an area of more than 300 square miles with 39 bus routes, some of which have a round trip distance of more than 70 miles. The agency was the first to launch the fast-charge, all-electric bus in 2010, with three initial vehicles being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Its electric fleet has grown to 32 vehicles in the past seven years the electric fleet, with another 13 expected by early next year.
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