WTA will be test-driving an all-electric bus on the Ferndale route soon

wta preterra electric bus 2018-07 source wta
Preterra electric bus leased by Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) (July 2018). Source: WTA

Beginning Saturdays in September, Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) bus riders in Ferndale will need to be on the alert for a different-looking bus on Route 27.

WTA has leased the green 42-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 all-electic bus from the Burlingame, California manufacturer for 5 months. Over that time WTA will be evaluating its performance during summer, fall and winter weather on Whatcom County routes.

Compared with a standard diesel bus, the all-electic bus is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1100 tons over its expected 12-year service life according to WTA officials. “It would also reduce fuel use by 100,000 gallons, reduce particulate matter emissions by 30 pounds, and reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 674 pounds.”

While not entirely identified with WTA graphics, there are banner graphics on both sides stating, “WTA is test-driving this all-electric bus.”

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