Pace Suburban Bus, which serves a vast swath of Chicago’s suburbs—an area nearly the size of the state of Connecticut—has awarded a $26.5-million-dollar contract to commercial vehicle OEM Proterra to acquire 20 Proterra ZX5 Max electric transit buses and two Proterra megawatt-scale fleet chargers.
Proterra’s US-made 40-foot ZX5 Max features 675 kWh of energy storage, which the company claims is the highest capacity currently available in an e-bus in North America. The Proterra Energy business unit offers a turnkey charging package to fleet operators, including infrastructure design, build, financing, operations, maintenance and energy optimization.
“As transit agencies across the country begin to purchase electric buses, we are excited to be able to get our first order for electric buses in the queue. This puts us ahead of our anticipated schedule and will allow us to get electric buses on the road even sooner,” said Pace Executive Director Melinda J. Metzger.