The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD), supported by a grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), plans to purchase 15 Proterra Catalyst buses, 11 depot chargers, and 4 fast chargers. The new e-buses and infrastructure will be deployed at 5 different transit authorities in the Valley.
The investment is intended not only to provide direct economic and environmental benefits, but also to create advanced technology hubs and serve as a regional model that supports economies of scale in manufacturing, training, maintenance and vehicle-to-grid integration.
Proterra will manufacture the buses and charging equipment at its facility in the City of Industry, California.
“In the last 22 years, we have implemented voluntary incentive programs that have resulted in more than 134,000 tons of emission reductions,” said Samir Sheikh, Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer of the SJVAPCD. “We are particularly proud of projects like this one with Proterra as they accelerate the deployment of zero-emission heavy-duty technologies, which reduces emissions from mobile sources, the biggest air quality challenge facing the Valley. We expect this program will eliminate 1,592 tons per year of pollutants.”
“The state’s investment of proceeds from the cap-and-trade program for made-in-California electric buses generates new clean tech jobs in our state and helps replace dirty buses with buses that have no tailpipe emissions at all,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. “This investment supports the market for larger zero-emission vehicles, cuts greenhouse gases, and delivers cleaner air where it is most needed: disadvantaged communities throughout the San Joaquin Valley.”