Proterra, an innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation, announced that Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), an energy provider and subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, will deploy two new 40' Proterra Catalyst E2 vehicles to shuttle employees between BGE's headquarters in downtown Baltimore and its Spring Gardens campus in south Baltimore.
The deployment reflects BGE's leadership in fleet electrification as part of a broader grid modernisation strategy and comes on the heels of the State of Maryland's commitment to uphold the Paris Climate Accord.
Maryland is on track to meet its goal of reducing its emissions by 25% by 2020, and these two new electric shuttles will displace more than 11,000 gallons of diesel and eliminate more than 480,000 pounds of greenhouse gas (CO2e) emissions annually.
As Maryland's largest utility, BGE's deployment sets the utility apart as a pioneer, advancing Maryland's transition to electric transportation and grid innovation.
"As BGE looks at innovative ways to support our customers' growing interest in electric vehicles, we must be able to support not only our residential customers, but also our commercial and industrial customers," said Baltimore Gas and Electric CEO, Calvin Butler.
"This is why we are thrilled to be the first utility to deploy heavy-duty electric shuttle buses and interoperable charging infrastructure which will not only provide an efficient way to get our employees from one location to another, but will also serve as active research lab that will help us plan for and build out the infrastructure necessary to support other fleets across our service area.
“We look forward to partnering with Proterra, as we build a market that supports our electrification and grid modernisation goals."
This heavy-duty electric vehicle shuttle programme will inform future BGE decisions on EV fleet integration, interoperable charging infrastructure and EV rate design, ultimately supporting a statewide electrification strategy.
Currently, BGE offers its EV customers a reduced electric rate during off-peak hours to help them reduce their monthly electricity bills.
"Utility support of innovative electric vehicle programs and grid transformation is critical as more consumers and transit providers opt for EVs, presenting both system wide opportunities and challenges along the way," said Proterra CEO Ryan Popple.
"We're grateful to partner with BGE, a utility that is thinking big about the future of electrification, and supporting BGE through this technological transition as well as optimising around an interconnected, distributed energy future."