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Park City Taps Proterra for Utah’s First Zero-Emission, Battery-Electric Mass Transit Fleet

| June 23, 2017

Park City Taps Proterra for Utah's First Zero-Emission, Battery-Electric Mass Transit Fleet

Proterra, a leader in heavy-duty electric transportation, has announced that Park City Transit has deployed Utah’s first zero-emission, battery-electric mass transit fleet, which will include six Proterra Catalyst FC+ buses.

Selected to serve the region’s renowned ski resort community, the Proterra fleet supports Park City’s and Summit County’s transition toward renewable energy and the reduction of its overall carbon footprint.

“Park City and Summit County have set some of the most ambitious carbon reduction and renewable energy targets in the country. Not only will our new battery-electric Proterra buses help us achieve these targets, they will provide our thousands of annual riders with a sustainable, state-of-the-art transit experience,” said Destry Pollard, Park City Transit operations team leader. “Protecting the environmental well-being of our mountain community is paramount, and Proterra will play an instrumental role in our ongoing conservation efforts.”

With its deployment of Proterra vehicles, the Park City region will become the first mountain resort community in the United States to operate a battery-electric transit service. Nicknamed the “Electric Xpress,” the free transit service will provide clean, quiet, and efficient transportation to residents and tourists throughout several neighborhoods, including Park City Resort, Canyons Village, Silver Springs, Silver Lake Village, Empire Pass and Park Meadows.

The Park City region deployment not only marks the first battery-electric transit fleet for Utah and the nationwide mountain resort industry, it also represents the first implementation of Proterra’s innovative battery-lease financing model. To address some of the cost barriers that have previously deterred transit agencies from transitioning to battery-electric vehicles, this new financing model enables agencies to purchase electric buses at approximately the same price or less than fossil fuel-based alternatives.

Park City Transit received financing for the six Proterra buses through an extremely competitive Low-No Emissions Grant with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

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Category: Buses, Electric Vehicles

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