Clemson Area Transit (CATbus), which serves 1.9 million riders annually in three South Carolina counties, has purchased ten 40-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 buses and related charging infrastructure. The new e-buses will join six Proterra buses already operated by CATbus in Seneca, SC.
In 2015, Seneca became the first city in the US to operate an all-electric bus fleet. Since then, CATbus has played host to representatives of transit agencies from around the world who are considering e-buses for their cities.
The new e-buses will be built at Proterra’s plant in nearby Greenville.
CATbus partially financed the new purchase with $3.9 million from the federal Low- or No-Emissions program.
“At CATbus, we are committed to expand upon projects that reduce energy consumption and increase access to clean, efficient mass transit. The integration of these ten Proterra electric buses into our fleet is a big step in making this happen,” said Keith Moody, Interim General Manager of CATbus. “With 50 percent of our fleet soon to be serviced by zero-emission, battery-electric buses, today marks an important milestone.”