The Proterra Powered Transportation Electric Bus Travels 1,700 Miles Using Public Chargers, Exceeding 300 Miles In A Few Feet

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ABC Companies, a North American motorcoach dealer, has announced that it has completed a 1,700-mile journey across the Pacific Northwest using the Van Hoole CX45E All-Electric Bus.  The electric bus was “Proterra powered” and traveled from Newark, California to Seattle, Washington, and returned using only public charging stations.  The tour will help showcase the potential of battery-electric bus capabilities, as well as the growing charging infrastructure to support long-distance electric vehicle travel in the US.

ABC Companies is a family-owned sales and service company specializing in motor coaches in the US and Canada.

Overseas, Van Hoole is a well-known name in large transport vehicles such as coach buses, tankers and trusses.  Like many commercial automakers, Van Hul has begun electrifying its fleet in favor of zero-emission travel.

One of these offerings, the CX45E, 100% Electric 56 Passenger Coach Bus, traveled to the US in December 2020.  One of the retailers that received these Van Hoole buses was ABC Companies, which began delivering CX45Es to customers.  In early 2021.

Since then, ABC has been using the “Protera Powered” CX45E Electric Bus for data collection and performance criteria to suit specific customer applications.  With its latest pilot program of road testing, the company has demonstrated the growing potential of electric coaches and tested the charging infrastructure to replenish them.

The Van Hool CX45E all-electric coach / Source: Van Hool

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  The Protera powered the Van Hoole Electric Bus by traveling 1,700 miles

  According to a press release from ABC Companies announcing a successful pilot program, it provided Van Hoole CX45E to its Pacific Northwest customer MTRWestern, which helped complete the journey.  During several legs of the voyage from Newark, California to Seattle, various MTR Western passenger groups sailed in queues, traveling to destinations throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Electric Bus itself has “Proterra powered” battery packs that use a total of 676 kWh of high power NMC cells.  As a result, the electric motorcoach averaged 280 miles of projected range between charges, although some legs were projected at more than 300 miles.

Another goal of long-distance travel is to test the feasibility of charging stations on a particular route, especially for large commercial vehicles.  Companies have found that there are plenty of charging stations available at regular intervals, leaving plenty of scope.  However, many places are not designed to accommodate large passenger vehicles such as electric motor coaches.

ABC companies claim that it is clear that many stations’ physical designs are not ready for the speed at which these “Proterra Powered” electric buses are deployed to market.

Despite widespread problems, ABC has found that on average, 2.5 to 3 hours of charging times are shorter than planned, since more than 65% of the battery available on a specific leg of the CX45E trip is never used.

This is partly due to the high power density of the “Proterra Powered” battery packs integrated into the electric bus, the company said.  ABC President and CCO Roman Cornell spoke about the long-haul and the continued improvements the company is seeking:

Our customers who have the CX45E in their fleet will continue to see a range increase as their drivers improve their energy efficiency.

We use real-time telematics that measure everything from energy consumption, charge rates, vehicle performance and more, so we are able to work with our customers and continuously improve energy consumption and therefore range.

Our continued success with the Proterra powered electric drivetrain pushes current boundaries for zero emissions motorcoach travel, making little or no claim.  These coaches act as stated periods


What is ABC Company?

ABC companies are leading the sales and service of motorcoach and transit equipment.  … From new, pre-owned and updated equipment sales to comprehensive service and repair, transport and motorcoach parts, warranty support, financing and more – with ABC, all you need is one

Where are Van Hool coaches built?

Skopje, It is manufactured at the Van Hoole factory in Skopje, the capital of northern Macedonia

Who makes Van Hool?

Van Hoole, Belgium, produces approximately 1,400 buses and coaches and produces 3,000 commercial vehicles annually, 80% of which are exported worldwide

source ABC Companies, (Van Hool)

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