Proterra to host U.S. Transportation officials
Proterra’s main bus plant in Greenville, SC will have visitors on Thursday. The Greenville News reports U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Transit Authority Administrator Peter Rogoff will pay a visit to the plant to recognize Proterra’s position in the transit industry. Proterra is one of the industry’s leaders in battery-powered buses. Proterra buses are powered by a combination of batteries and a hydrogen fuel cell. Last November the company announced transit agencies in four states would use up to $27 million from the FTA to purchase 20 of its battery-powered buses and four changing stations.
Proterra Chairman Dale Hill says grants from the Federal Transit Administration, a division of the Department of Transportation, have brought a great deal of business to the company. The Greenville plant employees 130 workers. In the plans is a 220,000 square-foot, $33 million plant that will eventually employ at least 1,300 workers. A groundbreaking is planned for later this year. For more, visit www.proterra.com.