The electric bus factory in Greenville County will be cranking out even more of the zero-emission vehicles in the coming months. Bus maker Proterra announced that the University of Georgia has ordered 20 of its Catalyst E2 buses.
“Colleges and universities across the country are experiencing the financial and environmental benefits of deploying electric buses, which offer a smart solution for clean and quiet campus transportation,” said Proterra CEO Ryan Popple. “By deploying zero-emission buses, the University of Georgia will make a big impact in reaching its sustainability goals, reducing their carbon footprint and increasing alternative transportation on campus.” The company says these 20 Catalyst E2 buses will displace more than 2.5 million gallons of diesel over the vehicles’ 12-year lifespan and eliminate over 4.5 million pounds of carbon emissions annually.
The university received a $10 million grant to evaluate and test electric buses before placing this order. UGA has an average daily ridership of about 40-thousand, offering free rides for students, faculty and visitors around its Athens, GA, campus.
Once those buses enter UGA’s fleet next year, the university will have one of the largest electric bus fleets in the U.S.
Proterra is based in California but manufactures those buses here in Greenville County.