Park City Transit has deployed a battery-electric mass transit fleet that will include six Proterra Catalyst FC+ buses. A free transit service called the Electric Xpress will provide clean, quiet transportation to residents and tourists throughout the region’s ski resort community.
Park City has one of the nation’s most ambitious climate targets – its goal is a net-zero carbon footprint for its municipal operations by 2022. Park City Transit claims that this deployment will be the first battery-electric transit fleet in Utah, and the first for the US’s mountain resort industry.
It also represents the first implementation of Proterra’s battery-lease financing model, which is designed to address the problem of high up-front costs by allowing transit agencies to buy the e-buses at approximately the same price as legacy diesels, and lease the batteries. Proterra is responsible for the performance of the batteries throughout the life of the lease.
Park City Transit received financing for the six Proterra buses through a Low-No Emissions Grant from the DOT’s Federal Transit Administration.