Proterra plans to equip the ZX5 Max with up to 738 kWh of onboard energy, which means the vehicle will be able to offer ranges of more than 300 miles (482 km) on a single charge. That range will of course depend on factors such as route conditions, driving mode, and so on.
At the same time, the EV manufacturer will also increase the battery capacity of its 35 ft (10.6 m) and 40 ft ZX5+ models, equipping them with 492 kWh of onboard energy.
All these vehicles are U.S.-made and use Proterra Powered battery technology systems, which the manufacturer says have been proven via over 25 million service miles driven by Proterra vehicles. They are compact, lightweight, and powerful, being used on work trucks, semi-trucks, school buses, coach buses, low-floor cutaway shuttles, construction and mining equipment.
Proterra’s energy-dense batteries were also used recently on a Van Hool TDX25E motorcoach, the largest passenger transport EV on the road, commercialized by ABC Companies. The double-decker managed to complete a 2,500-mile (4,023 km) journey across the U.S., in various road and climate conditions, using only public stations to recharge its battery. ABD Companies claims the TDX25E was the first electric double-deck coach in the world to achieve something like this.