Battery-electric bus travels 700 miles in 24 hours

Proterra has set a new record for the most miles traveled by an electric bus in a day

Electric cars have been all the rage recently, turning heads and making headlines, but they’re not the only modern vehicles making their way to the streets. Electric buses have hit the roads as well, and are proving they can pave the way to a better future in public transportation.



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Proterra, for example, has now set a record for the most miles ever traveled by an electric bus in a day. As part of a test last month, one of Proterra’s plug-in buses traveled 700 miles in 24 hours driving at an average of 29 mph with the HVAC system running, and was charged periodically using Proterra’s fast-charging stations. The route taken was designed to simulate both urban commuter and central business-district routes and drive cycles.

According to Proterra, the bus averaged 27 MPGe, claiming that is six times that of a conventional diesel bus, and seven times that of a compressed-natural gas bus.

Proterra’s electric buses are currently operating in San Antonio, TX; Worcester, MA; Reno, NV; Tallahassee, FL; and Pomona and Stockton, CA.  There are also plans for additional buses to enter service in Nashville, TN and Louisville, KY.

Story via Discovery.

Written for Electronic Products.


  1. charlypriest · May 16, 2014

    Hi there Nicole! Saw yesterday in Fox news channel about the Davos conference in Sweeden that can it be the Spanish based Nissan? that is spreading more the electric car concept…

  2. Zachary @zacharykreid · May 16, 2014

    Great, I hope this gains more traction and popularity!! Being that you like technology and innovation, have you heard about / read about the solar panels that are being developed to be used as roads / parking lots? This coupled with electric cars could be huge as the cars could charge directly from the road / lots. Take a read if you haven’t seen it –

    Best regards,
    Zachary from

    • Nicole DiGiose · May 16, 2014

      Hi Zachary,

      Yes, I did hear about the solar panel roads — one of the writers I work with covered it! Thanks for the thought and for reading! 🙂

  3. Nicole DiGiose · May 16, 2014

    Hi there Charly!
    Yes, that Nissan Leaf. I’m real interested in the whole electric car concept. It seems easier and cheaper and better for the environment, but I wonder what will happen to the big gasoline companies.
    Thanks for reading!

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