A lease program provides RIPTA with an opportunity to evaluate the combined economic, environmental and performance benefits of deploying all-electric buses. The buses will be tested extensively and staff will be trained in the maintenance and charging of the vehicles before they are put in service.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is deploying three 40′ Proterra Catalyst E2 electric buses. Rhode Island received $14.4 million in VW settlement funding and chose to invest the bulk of it in clean transit, with the intent to replace approximately 20 retiring diesel buses with new, all-electric zero-emission vehicles. This deployment marks the first step toward achieving this goal.