UQM-powered transit bus passes FTA new model bus testing program
Thursday October 18, 2012
LONGMONT - UQM Technologies Inc. (NYSE MKT: UQM) announced a Proterra EcoRide BE35 is the first heavy-duty electric bus - using the UQM PowerPhase HD electric drive system - to successfully complete the rigorous Federal Transit Administration New Model Bus testing program.
"Proterra's success in these tests further validates the reliability and performance of our vehicle electrification systems, while also highlighting the advantages of all-electric mass transit vehicles," said Eric R. Ridenour, UQM's president and COO.
The testing program includes a series of tests to simulate a 12-year/500,000-mile service life that includes safety, structural integrity and durability, reliability, performance, maintainability, noise and fuel economy.
"We're proud we have passed this milestone test with the Proterra EcoRide BE35 and continue to move toward expanding the deployment of Proterra transit buses," said David Bennett, Proterra's CEO.
"The UQM PowerPhase electric drive system helped us achieve both the highest fuel economy and lowest noise of any full-sized passenger bus ever tested."
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