CTE is managing a project in Worcester, MA to replace six diesel transit buses with six zero-emission all-electric buses. Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) will use Proterra’s EcoRide BE-35 Fast Charge Battery Electric transit buses, which are purpose built for high efficiency electric drive performance. WRTA expects to reduce annual petroleum consumption by more than 23,000 gallons, resulting in an estimated reduction of 53 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The project will be funded by the Federal Transit Administration under the Clean Fuels Grant Program, which aims to assist nonattainment and maintenance areas in achieving or maintaining the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and carbon monoxide.
CTE and Proterra will also partner on an FTA LoNo award project to install a second 500kW fast charger at WRTA. The charger will be equipped with on-site power generation for emergency power and continuity of electric transit service during outages. The LoNo program facilitates the development of commercially viable zero and near zero emission bus technology and related infrastructure.