Miami Date County has announced that they’re buying 42 Proterra ZX5+ electric transit buses. This features a total of 19-megawatt hours of battery storage capacity. Plus, there are plans to install 75 Proterra chargers across three bus depots in the region. The first electric buses are slated to be delivered in 2022.
This announcement builds on Miami’s commitment to transportation electrification by expanding its fleet with an additional 42 buses. This brings the total to 75 electric transit buses from Proterra, one of the largest fleets of 40-foot electric transit buses in the United States. At nine megawatts of power, the project is also one of the largest fleet charging installations in North America.
Daniella Levine Cava, Miami Dade County Mayor, said: “This is a major step forward in Miami-Dade County’s commitment to incorporate clean, renewable energy to protect our environment and offer better transportation options.
“With these new electric buses, Miami-Dade will lead the way with the largest sustainable transportation fleet in Florida and one of the largest in the nation.”
Jack Allen, Proterra CEO, said: “Miami-Dade County has long been a leader in advancing forward-looking clean technology solutions. We are delighted to build on our partnership together and drive the county’s switch to zero-emission, electric transportation with our EV technology.”
Manufactured in the United States, Proterra battery-electric buses feature zero tailpipe emissions, saving approximately 230,000 pounds of greenhouse gases annually when replacing a diesel bus. So far the company’s fleet of zero-emission, electric transit buses have displaced over 100 million pounds of CO2 tailpipe emissions.
Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Miami-Dade commission chairman, said: “We’re upgrading to this large fleet of electric buses to solidify our environmentally friendly future, all while providing clean and reliable transportation for commuters.”
Commissioner Eileen Higgins, chair of the transportation, mobility and planning committee, said: “It’s great to welcome another fleet of electric buses. Not only to protect our environment but keep our neighbourhoods quieter. The ultimate goal is to get out of our cars and ride on a completely carbon neutral form of public transportation, and we are surely making our way there.”