Electric bus breaks world record

An electric bus, designed by Californian company Proterra, has broken a world record by travelling more than 1,000 miles on a single charge.

The 40ft Catalyst E2 Max bus travelled 1,102.2 miles on a testing ground in New Carlisle, Indiana beating the previous record, set by light-duty passenger electric vehicle 46 times lighter than the bus, by 90 miles.

Proterra said its ‘major feat’ paved the way for more heavy-duty electric vehicles (EV) such as coaches and trucks.

Proterra chief executive, Ryan Popple, said, ‘As we see incumbents and more companies enter the heavy-duty EV market, it has become very apparent that the future is all-electric, and the sun is setting on combustion engine technology.’

The battery used for the journey had 660kWh of energy storage capacity.