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Proterra inks deal with Chicago-based JLL for electric bus fleet

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A deal between a global commercial real estate services firm and Proterra will provide a fleet of electric buses in Chicago.

According to a news release, Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. will lease 10 Proterra Catalyst shuttle buses to run between commuter train stations in Chicago and the Prudential Plaza and Aon Center – both properties managed by JLL Inc. – beginning in December.

In the release, Proterra said the agreement makes the shuttle service the first of its kind to operate with zero-emissions and JLL Inc. becomes the first customer to lease electric buses. The lease agreement is funded partially by the Drive Clean Chicago initiative which has a goal of dropping greenhouse gas emissions in Chicago to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

“This fleet is exactly the type of adoption we hoped Drive Clean Chicago would spur, and look forward to seeing how other fleets respond to the precedent that has been set,” said Randy Conner, acting commissioner of transportation for the city of Chicago, in the release.

JLL Inc. will run the shuttle service for tenants of the two properties coming to and from Ogilvie Union and LaSalle Street commuter rail stations. Each station will have five Proterra buses running.

“By leasing the buses, Proterra customers can electrify their fleets with no out-of-pocket cost and total annual payments and costs equivalent to the total operating costs of a leased diesel bus,” said Ryan Popple, Proterra CEO, in the release.

The Aon Center is the fifth-largest building in the United States. Both it and the Prudential Center are located in Chicago’s East Loop. Among tenants of those properties are KPMG, Microsoft and United Health Group, according to the release.

Proterra is headquartered in California, but has its East Coast manufacturing facility in Greenville.

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