100,000-square foot facility will serve new contracts in California and further afield
US electric bus and heavy-duty vehicle-maker Proterra has officially opened its new Los Angeles manufacturing facility.
Company staff were joined by California Governor Jerry Brown, who leads the country’s most ambitious administration in terms of pursuing low-carbon energy and transportation, at the July 26 ceremony.
Partially funded by a grant from the California Energy Commission, the 100,000 square-foot facility in the San Gabriel Valley has the capacity to manufacture 400 buses annually. Proterra expects to have over 60 employees working in this facility by the end of 2017 and close to 100 by the end of 2018.
“In order to achieve California’s climate goals, we need more electric cars, trucks and buses on the road. Manufacturing these electric buses in California creates good jobs and cleans up the air,” stated Governor Brown.
In addition to wider infrastructural plans such as the Los Angeles Mobility 2035 Plan and Measure M (a bill to fund transportation infrastructure developments and improvements) the location puts the manufacturer close to some of its newest customers.
Foothill Transit serves 22 cities from downtown L.A. to the east, currently operates 17 Proterra electric buses. 30 more Catalyst E2 buses are now on the way, and Foothill will be the first such transit agency to receive the new models that leave the assembly line during summer 2017.
“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. “We are grateful for Governor Brown and the state’s support as we work to modernise and decarbonise transportation for all.”