Even as the heavy-duty vehicle market awaits the launch of Tesla’s electric truck, expected later this month, electric bus maker Proterra announced Tuesday its vehicle displayed a range of over 1,100 miles on a single charge. The company is also partnering with LG Chem to create a new battery specifically for the heavy-duty electric vehicle market.
Though the world record mileage for a heavy-duty electric bus was achieved under test conditions (on Sept. 4) of steady, low speeds, Proterra’s achievement is still something worth cheering, given the potential environmental benefits of all heavy-duty electric vehicles, especially those with long ranges. The company’s 40-foot Catalyst E2 max traveled 1,101.2 miles with 660 kWh of energy storage capacity.
“For our heavy-duty electric bus to break the previous world record of 1,013.76 miles — which was set by a light-duty passenger EV 46 times lighter than the Catalyst E2 max — is a major feat,” Matt Horton, Proterra’s chief commercial officer, said Tuesday in a statement shared with International Business Times. “This record achievement is a testament to Proterra’s purpose-built electric bus design, energy-dense batteries and efficient drivetrain.”
The company’s CEO, Ryan Popple, said in the statement he believes the mass transit market will be the first to make a complete switch from fossil fuel-powered vehicles to electric vehicles.
“As we see incumbents and more companies enter the heavy-duty EV market, it has become very apparent that the future is all-electric, and the sun is setting on combustion engine technology,” Popple said.
The Burlingame, California, company also said in a separate statement sent to IBT it was working with LG Chem on development of a battery cell that has been optimized for use in the heavy-duty EV space. LG Chem had developed the battery for Proterra’s Catalyst E2 bus, which could travel up to 350 miles on a single charge.
“Between Proterra’s demonstrated leadership in the heavy-duty electric vehicle industry, and the company’s battery expertise, Proterra has been a strong partner for LG Chem to co-develop a battery cell with for this important market,” Youngsun Kim, LG Chem vice president for marketing, said in the statement. “It is our commitment to…