Pace Purchases Proterra Electric Buses for Suburban Chicago

Chicago: Pace Suburban Bus has awarded a 26.5 million USD contract to Proterra for a fleet electrification project that includes 20 Proterra ZX5 Max electric transit buses and two Proterra megawatt-scale fleet chargers.

The first Proterra electric buses are set to be delivered to Pace in 2023, advancing the agency’s goal of transitioning to a zero-emission fleet by 2040.

Pace Proterra Electric Bus
Proterra’s ZX5 Max electric transit buses provide more than 13 megawatt hours of battery storage energy

Pace provides suburban bus services as part of the Regional Transportation Authority in the Chicago metropolitan area. The agency’s transition to a zero-emission fleet is a key initiative of their new strategic vision plan, Driving Innovation.

Pace Executive Director Melinda J. Metzger, said:

“As transit agencies across the country begin to purchase electric buses, we are excited to be able to get our first order for electric buses in the queue. This puts us ahead of our anticipated schedule and will allow us to get electric buses on the road even sooner.”

Pace’s order of 20 Proterra 40-foot ZX5 Max electric transit buses will be designed and manufactured in the United States. The zero-emission vehicles can travel up to 329 miles on a single charge and can seat 40 passengers.

John Walsh, Proterra’s Chief Commercial Officer, said:

“Proterra is delighted to be Pace’s partner to bring our industry-leading fleet electrification solutions to the Chicagoland area. With our purpose-built vehicle platform and best in class range, we are excited to help drive the region’s switch to zero-emission, electric transportation.”

Proterra Energy also offers a complete energy ecosystem and charging infrastructure solutions for electric fleets. Pace’s contract includes two Proterra megawatt-scale fleet chargers that will power the agency’s new battery-electric bus fleet.

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