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.