An electric bus will shuttle fans to Super Bowl 52 this weekend
January 30, 2018 Stephen Edelstein
Proterra Catalyst E2 electric bus
Regardless of whether the Philadelphia Eagles or New England Patriots score
the most points, electric vehicles will be a winner at Super Bowl 52. The
Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) will deploy an electric bus to
bring fans to the game, showing off the vehicle’s capabilities under
The bus is a 40-foot-long Catalyst E2 model [
] from California-based Proterra. It’s scheduled to operate during rush hour
and weekend peak hours from January 26 to February 4 on heavily-traveled
routes around the Twin Cities, an MVTA press release said. The single
electric bus will operate in concert with regular buses.
The transit agency expects temperatures to drop below freezing on Super Bowl
Sunday, which should serve as a good test of the bus’ performance. Critics
often claim that electric-vehicle battery packs don’t perform well in cold
weather, but Proterra is confident that there won’t be any issues.
The Catalyst E2 has 70 sensors that monitor the health of its batteries,
capturing 160 individual data streams, according to Proterra. To keep the
batteries working properly, the bus features a liquid-cooling system and
what Proterra calls a “proprietary state-of-charge algorithm.” The company
noted that its buses routinely operate during cold winters in cities such as
Park City, Utah, and Worcester, Massachusetts.
Proterra likes to push its buses to extremes. Last year, a Catalyst E2 broke
a distance record for electric vehicles, traveling 1,101.2 miles on a single
charge. The bus didn’t have any passengers onboard, and the record attempt
was conducted on a closed course. Nonetheless, whoever thought something
this size would ever hold the electric-vehicle distance record? Proterra
estimates about 350 miles of range in real-world use.
Proterra isn’t the only company making electric buses, but it is among the
most prolific. It claims to have sold more than 500 buses to 64 operators in
29 states. The company recently scored an order for 25 electric buses from
the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, the first step in L.A.’s plan
to deploy an all-electric bus fleet by 2030. While the electric cars get
most of the attention, given the amount of mileage they cover every year,
electric buses could significantly lower carbon emissions in cities, not to
mention bring some peace and quiet to neighborhoods.
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