Proterra was founded by Dale Hill in 2004 with a vision to design and manufacture world-leading, advanced technology heavy-duty vehicles powered solely by clean domestic fuels. After launching the first and most successful fleet of alternative fuel buses in the 1990s (the 16th Street Mall buses in Denver, CO, that are still running today), Hill formed Proterra to develop and deliver the “bus of tomorrow” to meet a need expressed by the Federal Transit Administration. With the launch of our fast charge EcoRide™ BE35 battery electric bus, Proterra has become the leading innovator of zero-emission commercial vehicle solutions. Proterra’s products help transit agencies deliver clean, quiet running, rider and neighborhood-friendly vehicles that also meet government regulations and local mandates. In fact, we are currently recognized by the California Air Resources Board as the first company that is currently delivering a full-size transit vehicle that meets California’s Zero Emission Bus Rules.
Early in 2010, we announced our plans to move Proterra's manufacturing plant to Greenville, SC. Its close proximity to Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), gives Proterra access to tremendous research and development resources while we build our EcoRide™ BE35, next generation zero-emission vehicles and FastFill™ Charging Stations. Our current manufacturing facility has the capacity to produce up to 400 buses per year with room for expansion. Completing the relocation of our headquarters to Greenville, SC from Golden, CO in early 2012, Proterra employs 120 Associates (as of June 2012) and hopes to see continued growth over the next several years. Proterra plans to hire at least 400 associates in Greenville SC. In addition, our indirect impact is expected to be 2,000 jobs in America.
Proterra has assembled a world-class management and engineering team with deep experience in heavy-duty vehicles, state-of-the-art manufacturing, and advanced technology energy storage, charging and drive system advancement.
Doing good makes no difference if you are not doing it well. At Proterra, everything we do is with the goal of achieving best quality in every aspect of the company’s products and performance – including putting the customer first. We recognize that adoption of new technologies can pose challenges – our philosophy is that good news travels quickly and bad news travels even more quickly so that we can address issues as they are found. Our management team and veteran, highly skilled employees work side by side with our customers every step of the way to smooth out the bumps and work the issues until they are resolved.