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Source: Proterra

Electric Bus Breaks Record And Travels 1,000 Miles On Single Charge

By Brian Spaen

Large vehicles are continuing to get the electrical treatment and setting records while doing so. The world’s biggest electric dump truck, for example, can carry over 65 tons of weight. Now, a 40-foot bus is able to travel over 1,000 miles. What does this mean? It also broke a single record for going the furthest distance while on a single charge.

Proterra created the Catalyst E2, an EV which holds one of the bigger battery capacities among electric vehicles with 660 kilowatt-hours of energy storage. On a full charge, it's able to travel 1,102 miles when fueled at the Navistar Proving Grounds in New Carlisle, Indiana. The new record continues a trend of Proterra improving on their bus range. They recorded 603 miles with a vehicle that held 440 kilowatt-hours of energy storage last year.

The new record beats out the Schlucksepcht-E, a lightweight German vehicle that traveled slightly over 1,013 miles back in 2011. In terms of style, it resembles more of a single-passenger race car and has a gigantic slope from the top of the windshield to the bottom of the model. The vehicle weighs in at 705 pounds and was powered by 14 lithium-ion battery packs. To put it in perspective, Proterra’s Chief Commercial Officer, Matt Horton, said the bus weighs 46 times more than the Schlucksepcht-E.