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CHARGE MANAGEMENT
to meet route requirements. Instead of
one to two bus pilot programs, Proterra
is seeing larger deployments, between 10
to 50 buses, which makes the shift in focus to infrastructure and fleet planning
more important.
"As more fleet operators transition a
larger percentage of their fleet to electric
vehicles, they encounter a new set of challenges and upfront costs beyond simply buying new vehicles. To meet this
challenge, Proterra recently introduced
Proterra Energy™ fleet solutions, a full
suite of options that enable turnkey delivery of a complete energy ecosystem
for heavy-duty electric fleets including
design, build, financing, operations,
maintenance and energy optimization," said Matt Horton, chief commercial officer for Proterra.
Proterra says its energy fleet solutions provide a customizable and
comprehensive one-stop shop for
customers transitioning to an electric
fleet. Following the vehicle procurement process, Proterra can provide
high-fidelity route simulations, fleet
modeling and a detailed total cost of
ownership analysis to determine the
right vehicle, battery and charging
configurations to meet individual
route requirements.
Proterra also points to the implementation of smart tools as a way to
help customers plan for scale of their
electric bus programs.
"As the fleet grows, smart energy
management, energy optimization and
maintenance of vehicle batteries and
charging systems becomes key," said
Horton. "The Proterra APEX™ connected vehicle intelligence system integrates the data streams from vehicles,
batteries and charging systems, and offers customers access to historical and
real-time performance information
about their electric vehicle fleet to improve vehicle and charging operational
efficiency. Further, the APEX system
offers charge management features
such as scheduled charging, monitoring and control of charging stations,
to manage power demand and reduce
electricity costs."
On the topic of electricity costs,
Proterra has seen transit agencies
engaging with utilities earlier in the

process, which helps to secure rates. Additionally, Proterra can recommend the
appropriate charging solution, leveraging
universal industry standards, to meet requirements of a given site with options
available to incrementally scale.
On a final note regarding scalability,
Proterra says more agencies are leveraging innovative financing solutions to

deploy larger fleets in a shorter amount
of time. Proterra recently partnered with
Mitsui & Co, Ltd., to create a $200 million
credit facility to support its battery lease
program for transit buses. The company
explains this enables electric buses to be
competitively priced against diesel buses and introduces options for second life
applications.

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