Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
This year’s Waterfront Blues Festival will mark ecoShuttle’s 5th year sponsoring the event (http://www.waterfrontbluesfest.com/). The company is sponsoring headliner Maceo Parker (http://maceoparker.com/), which means someone from the company will get to introduce his set! Maceo started out playing with James Brown, and then he played with George Clinton’s Mothership. After that collaboration, he teamed up with another former Parliament member, Bootsy Collins in his group, Bootsy’s Rubber Band. We’re excited to see this guy! (more…)
Friday, June 17th, 2011
- Analysis by Nic Halverson
Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:32 PM ET
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With a gallon of diesel costing a dollar more than it did a year ago, bus companies are getting gouged every time one of their fleet members pulls up to the tank.
Enter Proterra, an electric-bus startup company that uses relatively small, low-cost lithium titanate battery packs that are intended to be frequently recharged at rapid-charging stations in 10 minutes of less.
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Proterra’s EcoRide BE35 bus only has a range of 30 to 40 miles per charge, which makes it more practical as a transit bus that runs predictable routes and can regularly pull into FastFill Charging Stations.
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As they pull into these fully automated charging stations, buses communicate wirelessly with an overhead charging arm that links the bus to a high capacity charger without driver involvement. As passengers load and unload, the bus is rapidly charged in 5-10 minutes.
Proterra CEO Jeff Granato believes each bus will save a transit company $600,000 in fuel costs over the 12-year life span of the vehicle, plus another $70,000 to $95,000 in maintenance costs. The bus costs about 18 cents per mile to charge, compared with about $1 a mile for diesel fuel. In the long run, Granato says these savings make the total cost of the electric bus comparable to that of a diesel bus even thought the electric bus is more expensive up front. (The company has not yet released how much the electric bus costs.)
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Proterra has raised $30 million in new funding, including $6 million from GM Ventures, which the company plans to use to increase production capacity. So far, Proterra has manufactured 10 buses, which are being used by transit agencies in California and Texas.
Friday, June 10th, 2011
Hello everyone, this week has been so busy at ecoShuttle headquarters, here are some new developments from ecoShuttle Land!
One exciting piece of news is that our newest, smallest vehicle, the new Nissan Leaf has finally made it to Portland. There has been such high demand for this vehicle that it was originally delayed from last December and was expected to arrive in May. Then there was the devastating tsunami in Japan that pushed the date back to the end of June. (more…)
Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
Portland activist Jeff Bernards invested $10,000 of his own money to start a campaign to ban studded tires in Oregon this last January. Groups opposing the ban recently saw their coffers expand by $100,000 as tire companies join the fray. I think the ban is a good idea. (more…)
Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
Hello everyone! I’d like to bring to your attention a neat concept. It’s called Plate and Pitchfork (http://www.plateandpitchfork.com/dinners.aspx). Plate and Pitchfork invites you to a farm, gives you some wine and an appetizer, and then a guided tour of the farm. Upon returning from the tour, world-class chefs prepare 4, sometimes 5-course meals for guests, each of which is paired with a fine wine or beer. Throughout the meal you’ll hear from the people who have grown, caught, raised and crafted the items on the table. The best part; no kids, they aren’t allowed! (more…)
I was just checking out the lineup for Pickathon, and I must say I am impressed! The annual indie roots music festival will be entering its 13th year when it takes place August 5th through the 7th in Happy Valley, Oregon. As you may or may not know, ecoShuttle is a sponsor of Pickathon, and we will be offering transportation to the event from the Clackamas transit center to the Pickathon ticket gates. (more…)