Proterra, the leading innovator in heavy-duty, zero-emission, electric transportation, open its newest manufacturing facility in Los Angeles, California.
The company, which manufacturers fleets of electric buses, expects to have over 60 employees working in this facility by the end of 2017 and close to 100 employees by the end of 2018, building upon its already diverse workforce. Partially funded by a grant from the California Energy Commission, the 100,000 square-foot facility has the capacity to manufacture 400 buses annually.
Company officials noted, Proterra selected metro Los Angeles as an optimal vehicle production location to serve West Coast transit agencies, adding to its existing battery manufacturing facility in Silicon Valley and its East Coast vehicle production facility in Greenville, South Carolina.
"As car culture wanes and more communities embrace 21st century, multi-modal transit, California has a unique opportunity to lead the country in this market transition," said Proterra CEO Ryan Popple. "
“With transit agencies across the country committing to zero-emission battery electric bus fleets, and Proterra leading this mass-market shift, 2017 will continue to be a critical year for ramping production to meet growing national demand,” officials said.
“ As the battery-electric bus market leader, Proterra is in a strong position to cement its manufacturing leadership in California, and support the state's ambitious climate goals, help communities improve local air pollution, and create local high-tech manufacturing jobs,” a spokesperson said.
Between the Los Angeles Mobility 2035 Plan and Measure M, the successful ballot measure to fund transportation infrastructure developments and improvements, the greater Los Angeles Metropolitan region represents a massive opportunity to revitalize clean public transportation, officials said.
“We are grateful for Governor Brown and the state's support as we work to modernize and decarbonize transportation for all,"Popple said.