The US manufacturer Proterra has presented its latest battery-electric bus, the ZX5. It is available in two lengths with10.7 meters and 12.2 meters with 29 and 40 seats.
The larger model can be equipped with battery capacities of up to 660 kWh, which should enable a maximum range of 526 kilometres.The smaller version can be equipped with battery capacities of up to 440 kWh.
Buyers have a choice between one or two electric motors (called ProDrive or DuoPower). The duo-power drive has an output of 404 kW (541hp) and can accelerate the bus to 32 km / h in six seconds.
According to Proterra, the ZX5 has been designed with a focus on safety, durability and performance.
“A decade ago, Proterra delivered its first battery-electric transit bus. We were at the start of the transportation electrification revolution in North America. As more cities and states make the commitment to 100% zero-emission fleets, Proterra is introducing new vehicle and battery technology to meet the needs of our customers. Today, we are excited to unveil our fifth-generation electric transit vehicle, the Proterra ZX5, which is designed to tackle the toughest routes and terrains across North America,” said Jack Allen, Proterra CEO and Chairman.
Proterra ZX5 should have a lower body, new shock absorbers and improved ergonomics for the driver. In addition, the new model should have an additional charging socket on the front of the vehicle in order to increase flexibility when charging.
Proterra says it has already delivered battery-electric buses to more than 120 customers in North America, but export to Europe is not currently planned.
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