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Transit Center Ribbon Cutting

The City of Seneca, S.C. Becomes the First City
in the World to Electrify its Entire Transit Bus Fleet

Officials Celebrate Milestone
and opening of new electric vehicle transit center with ribbon cutting event.

SENECA, S.C., March 4, 2015 - The City of Seneca, S.C. recently hosted a VIP ceremony to celebrate its status as the first city in the world to convert its entire bus fleet to zero-emission, battery electric buses. The celebration also included a ribbon cutting for the city’s new state-of-the-art electric transit maintenance facility, which will house and support the new buses.

Seneca Mayor Dan Alexander and other city officials were joined by federal, state and local dignitaries during the grand opening. Also in attendance were executives from Proterra Inc, which manufactured the buses, the Center for Transportation and the Environment, which helped secure grant funds and oversaw the development and deployment, and Clemson Area Transit (CATbus), which assisted with the specifications of the buses and the facility, and which manages and operates the City of Seneca’s transit bus fleet.

Seneca’s all-electric CATbus fleet has been operating in revenue service since September, and both the City and CATbus expressed their pleasure at their top-notch performance and resulting cost savings. Officials report that the buses have saved 3,000 gallons of fuel each month and eliminate some of the routine maintenance – like oil changes – required by diesel buses. The project has also saved more than 500,000 pounds of emissions from being released into the environment.

"I think with the deployment in Seneca, we've proved that an electric vehicle that's four to five times more energy efficient than a diesel vehicle can do the job," said Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra. "With the first fleet in the world to go 100 percent electric, we’ve demonstrated this is the future of the industry."

Located outside of Greenville, S.C., CATbus manages and operates buses within Oconee County and the city limits and has routes that extend onto the campus of Clemson University. In 2012, Seneca made the decision to go all electric with the goals to expand CATbus fare free bus service and reducing costs while preserving air quality.
"Our immediate goal was to save money on fuel and maintenance and the broader goal was to reduce our environmental footprint," said Al Babinicz, CEO of CATbus.

Event speakers highlighted the importance of the electric buses in providing safe, reliable and environmentally friendly transportation for citizens of the community and underscored the unprecedented action taken by the City of Seneca in making the decision to go all-electric.
Seneca Mayor Dan Alexander noted, “This is a great day for Seneca. The technology is amazing. This community is fortunate to have such great partners.”

About City of Seneca, SC
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Seneca has transitioned from a rural rail crossroads to a mill town and into a tourist and retirement destination. The city has embraced opportunities for innovation while working to maintain its natural and cultural quality of life. For more information, visit

About Clemson Area Transit
Clemson Area Transit (CAT) is a public service provided fare-free by Clemson University, the City of Clemson, the Town of Central, the Town of Pendleton, Anderson County, the South Carolina Department of Transportation, and the Federal Transit Administration.

About The Center for Transportation & the Environment
The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) is a nonprofit, 501(c) (3) organization that facilitates programs to develop technologies and implement solutions for energy and environmental sustainability. Since its founding in 1993, CTE has managed a portfolio of more than $290 million in federal, state, and local cost-shared research, development, and demonstration projects involving more than 200 organizations in the advanced transportation technology field.

About Proterra
Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of clean technology and clean energy, providing zero emission vehicles that enable bus fleet operators to significantly reduce operating cost while delivering clean, quiet power to the community. With unmatched durability and energy efficiency based on rigorous industry testing at Altoona, the Proterra product is proudly made in America and the company based in Greenville, SC. For more information about Proterra, please visit
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