Design Engine
Training Classes/Tutorials for Designers, Engineers, & 3D Professionals


Industry News

September 20th, 2017

Proterra’s Electric Bus Breaks World Record, Traveling 1,102 Miles on A Single Charge

California-based company Proterra believes their electric buses could be another step towards removing our reliance on fossil fuels. Proterra’s Catalyst E2 Max Electric bus set a new world record for the longest distance traveled – 1,102.2 miles – by an electric vehicle on a single charge.

The 40-foot bus packs a hefty 660kWh battery, as compared to a Tesla Model S P100D which has a 100kWh battery and a 315-mile range. The 660kWh battery’s power is equivalent to that of 11 Chevy Bolts and can be recharged to full capacity in just an hour using Poterra’s high-speed charging system. Matt Horton, Proterra’s chief commercial officer talked about the company’s achievement in a news release, “For our heavy-duty electric bus to break the previous world record of 1,013.76 miles — which was set by a light-duty passenger EV 46 times lighter than the Catalyst E2 max — is a major feat.”

While the Catalyst E2 Max is still just a test bus, Proterra does have a $700,000 priced model currently being sold with a range of roughly 350 miles. Proterra execs believe dropping battery prices will allow for buses and trucks with ranges over 1,000 miles to become more commonplace in the very near future. Ryan Popple, Proterra’s chief executive believes, “We’re entering an era where electric vehicles are simply better than internal combustion engines on range.”

Source via: Proterra 

Written by Mila Medonaite for Design Engine, September 20, 2017

About the Author

Mila Medonaite

Design Engine Industrial Design Training Pro Engineer


“The Future of Work is Learning” – Heather McGowan

Automation and Artificial Intelligence are words that are used interchangeably but are very different. Automation is defined as “automatically controlled operation of an apparatus, process, or system by mechanical or elec...
by Bart Brejcha


Peoria PTC User Group – Bradley University

Peoria PTC User Group – A group to link Creo professionals in the greater Peoria area, share techniques and best practices, and to provide a forum for engineering and design professionals, students and enthusiasts. L...
by Scott Froemming


2018 Chicago Auto show

I was fortunate to be able to attend the Chicago auto show media preview days. With that, photographers were able to walk through the floors and take pictures of the vehicles without fighting through crowds or taking dozens of ...
by Bart Brejcha


The StarWars BB8 replica

Bridging the Gap: Bridgewater Studio Brings Fantasy to Reality

Let me just start by saying, this place is awesome! Selfishly, I had wanted to set up a tour to play with their awesome BB8 replica as the nerdery is strong with me, but when I visited Bridgewater Studios I got much more than I...
by Bart Brejcha


Carpet Cloak for Invisibility

“For generations, the topic of invisibility has been of great interest. Although it was once dismissed as science fiction, it has now become reality on a small scale. Physics textbooks around the world must be rewritten and s...
by Bart Brejcha



Be the first to comment!

You must be logged in to post a comment.