While the Toyota Prius has been pulling into Whole Foods parking lots since 1997, other prominent electric vehicle producers — such as Tesla and Faraday Future — make hifalutin cars that haul ass, cost too much money, and look like the Batmobile. But electric busses for the masses? Surely that’s just a fantasy schemed up by Elon Musk, right? Wrong.
Enter the Catalyst E2, a hulking city bus that burns zero carbon and can travel up to 600 miles on a single charge. It’s made by EV manufacturer Proterra, and has been testing its capabilities at the Michelin proving grounds in South Carolina -- waiting, hopefully, to hit the streets of your local city and take you to the disco.
The bus is a marvel of efficiency. The company notes that the 600 mile range isn’t necessarily possible in normal conditions—there are too many variables in a city bus’ normal daily route—but claims that its nominal range of 194 to 350 miles per charge allows the E2 to cover most American mass transit routes on a single charge. So if you live in Philly, Charlotte, Hong Kong or anywhere on planet earth, the E2 will most likely work for your city.