Proterra launches Proterra Energy fleet solutions

3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineMay 17, 2019

Proterra, a leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation, has launched Proterra Energy fleet solutions, a full suite of options that enable turnkey delivery of a complete energy ecosystem for heavy-duty electric fleets, including design, build, financing, operations, maintenance and energy optimisation.

“Fleet operators are adopting heavy-duty electric vehicle technology because it‘s proven to meet daily route needs and provides economic and environmental benefits compared to fossil fuel vehicles,” said Proterra CEO Ryan Popple. “As more fleet operators transition a larger percentage of their fleet to electric vehicles, they encounter a new set of challenges beyond simply buying new vehicles. We‘ve taken our significant experience in designing, implementing and managing EV infrastructure projects for transit bus fleet operators throughout North America, and launched Proterra Energy fleet solutions to provide a customisable and comprehensive one-stop shop for customers transitioning to an electric fleet.”

In addition to sophisticated planning, Proterra offers turnkey charging infrastructure installation for fleet depots and charging yards, including management of the entire build process from design to implementation.

The Proterra Energy fleet solutions programme also offers smart energy management, which includes a charging-as-a-service model for management and maintenance of vehicle batteries and charging systems, as well as tools for energy optimisation. The Proterra APEX connected vehicle intelligence system integrates the data streams from vehicles, batteries and charging systems, offering customers access to historical and real-time performance information about their electric vehicle fleet, to improve vehicle and charging operational efficiency. Further, the APEX system offers charge management features such as scheduled charging, monitoring and control of charging stations, to manage power demand and reduce electricity costs.

With Proterra Energy fleet solutions, Proterra offers innovative financing models to lower upfront costs and mitigate risk. Recently, Proterra announced a partnership with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. to create a US$200 million credit facility to support and scale its battery lease programme for transit buses. In addition, Proterra can retain ownership of the entire energy delivery system, further reducing the customer‘s risk and upfront cost. Customers can choose to invest upfront or ‘pay-as-you-go‘, paying for the infrastructure and batteries over time.

“Proterra has been powering the shift to 100 percent electric fleets through continuous development and deployment of the industry‘s best technology and services, and Proterra Energy fleet solutions introduces the next phase of comprehensive support for our customers,” said Proterra chief commercial officer Matt Horton. “With more than a decade of experience implementing heavy-duty fleets and infrastructure in North America, we believe that Proterra is uniquely positioned to help our customers simplify fleet electrification, and are proud to introduce the industry‘s only comprehensive energy delivery system with a single point of contact.”