Mineta San José airport selects Proterra’s battery-electric buses

10 November 2017 (Last Updated November 10th, 2017 11:38)

The San José City Council is set to purchase ten Proterra Catalyst E2 zero-emissions battery-electric transit buses for the Norman Y Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) in the US.

The San José City Council is set to purchase ten Proterra Catalyst E2 zero-emissions battery-electric transit buses for the Norman Y Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) in the US.

Related charging infrastructure will also be bought for use at the airport.

The latest purchase marks Proterra’s first airport electric bus deployment in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Norman Y Mineta San José International Airport aviation director John Aitken said: “This purchase builds upon initiatives SJC has put in place to address the concerns and interests of the community and the environment.

“These include recycling and composting programmes supporting a zero waste commitment by 2022, a 1MW, 3.4-acre solar array powering the airport’s rental car garage and a shift to airside electric service vehicles reducing emissions from operations.

“This purchase builds upon initiatives SJC has put in place to address the concerns and interests of the community and the environment.”

“Complementing these efforts, SJC’s Terminal B received a Silver LEED certification – one of the first airports in the US to receive the honour – for its innovative use of building materials to reduce energy use.”

The buses, which will be designed and built at Proterra’s Los Angeles County manufacturing facility in California, are scheduled to be placed in service late next year.

The battery-electric buses are funded in part by a $3.8m zero-emissions vehicle grant from the Federal Aviation Administration and will replace the older CNG buses.

SJC is owned and operated by the City of San José and airport serves 12 million passengers a year, with 200+ peak daily departures on 16 international and domestic carriers to 53 nonstop destinations.