Proterra Bus Fire Prompts California Agency to Consider Shelving Electric Bus Fleet

The buses also have a habit of melting in the heat.

An electric bus manufactured by Proterra caught fire while charging in a southern California city that is now considering taking the electric buses off the road, according to government records.

The Foothill Transit agency, which serves the valleys surrounding Los Angeles, will decide on Friday whether costly Proterra buses purchased in the last decade are still operable. Problems cited by the agency include not only the bus that caught fire in what’s described as a “thermal event,” but also buses that melt in the California heat and have transmission failures. Roland Cordero, the agency’s director of maintenance and vehicle technology, says the problems with the buses are exacerbated by Proterra’s inability to help with repairs. more

15 Comments on Proterra Bus Fire Prompts California Agency to Consider Shelving Electric Bus Fleet

  1. They melted from the heat? Obvious solution will be more melty buses to combat global warming.

  2. Park the fleet of electric buses in the California forest, next wild fire they’ll burn quicker and you can submit an insurance claim.

  3. The company I worked for until last month ran those Foothill buses. We have allocated a LOT of money for replacement of the buses lost to fire – and they belong to the transit authority, not my company.

  4. In 1969 Americans went to the moon.

    In 1981 Americans launched the first re-usable shuttle.

    In 2021 Americans can’t build a reliable Bus.

    We are no better, Canada’s Bombardier is a total fuck up company.

  5. Sounds like they’re lucky the damned things are falling apart before they have a chance to imolate a bunch of passengers.

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  7. And they gave up on their Natural Gas running buses .., which run flawless on the engines. Idiots

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