It’s time for clean, quiet transportation for all
Communities are growing and evolving, and with that, our transportation needs are changing. Now more than ever, we need safer, more reliable, and cleaner options. At Proterra, our mission is to build innovative electric vehicle and battery technologies to power a better, more sustainable world.
Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission electric transit vehicles and EV technology solutions for commercial applications. Since 2004, Proterra
registered technology has been proven through 40+ million service miles in heavy-duty applications.
From our own best-selling transit bus to electric school buses, delivery trucks, coach buses, and shuttles, Proterra battery technology is already powering commercial vehicles from world-class automakers and helping fleet operators reduce emissions while lowering operating costs.
As major cities convert to 100% electric fleets, Proterra vehicles have become the most popular electric buses on the road in North America. With more than 12 years of experience delivering heavy-duty electric transit vehicles, Proterra has sold 1,300+ buses to 135+ transit agencies across 43 U.S. states and Canadian provinces.
To provide operators with a comprehensive set of products to deploy and scale their EV fleets, Proterra also offers a turn-key approach to delivering the complete energy ecosystem for commercial electric vehicles. In addition to high-power charging systems, Proterra Energy fleet solutions include charging infrastructure design, build, financing, operations, maintenance, and energy optimization.
With industry-leading powertrain technology, proven experience, comprehensive charging solutions, and unparalleled EV expertise, Proterra is the commercial vehicle electrification partner of choice for industry-leading manufacturers, with 1300+ battery systems delivered to date. Renowned automakers with Proterra Powered™ vehicles include Daimler’s Thomas Built Buses, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, Van Hool, Optimal, and Bustech.
Together with our customers, we have prevented 180+ million pounds of CO2 emissions from escaping into the atmosphere and avoided burning some 5+ million gallons of diesel fuel. From our state-of-the-art Silicon Valley R&D lab to manufacturing facilities in Southern California and South Carolina, Proterra is committed to powering the shift to 100% battery-electric fleets and delivering clean, quiet transportation for all. Join our email list of 11,000+ subscribers to receive the latest Proterra updates.
Creation of Proterra
Proterra was founded by Dale Hill in Golden, CO. Proterra began designing its initial prototype bus.
Debut Proterra debuted its first bus, the EcoRide, at the American Public Transportation Association’s annual meeting.
First Proterra Customer
Proterra sold its first three buses in 2009 to Foothill Transit in Pomona, CA.
First Factory Opening
Proterra opened its first factory in Greenville, SC.
Expanding Sales Growth
Proterra expands sales, landing customers in Texas, Florida, and South Carolina.
Customer momentum continued, and Proterra signed its first customer in the Northeast: Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA).
Altoona Testing Passed
Proterra’s EcoRide became the first heavy-duty electric transit bus to ever pass the Federal Transit Administration’s Altoona testing.
Introduction Proterra introduced the Catalyst FC, an electric bus with a fast charge battery configuration option.
50 Buses Sold
Proterra surpassed 50 buses sold.
Popple Named CEO
Ryan Popple was named CEO of Proterra.
Further Validation of ZEV Market
King County Metro, the eighth largest transit agency in the U.S., purchased buses from Proterra.
Catalyst XR Introduction
Proterra released the Catalyst XR, an electric bus with an extended range battery configuration option.
Breaking Altoona Records
Proterra’s Catalyst model broke several records at the Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center for fuel efficiency, gradeability, weight, and acceleration.
Silicon Valley Headquarters
Proterra transitioned its headquarters to Burlingame, CA.
100 Buses Sold
Proterra surpassed 100 buses sold as the battery-electric bus (BEB) market expanded.
Catalyst E2 Introduction
Proterra introduced the Catalyst E2, setting a new industry precedent for long-range battery-electric buses.
Granholm on Board
Former two-term Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm joined Proterra’s Board of Directors.
Covington Named CLO
Proterra named JoAnn Covington, Silicon Valley attorney, as its first chief legal officer and head of government relations.
Autonomous Bus Program
Emphasizing safe, intelligent transportation, Proterra began its first autonomous bus program in the U.S. at the University of Nevada-Reno.
Ard Named CFO
Former chief financial officer of AMG Amy Ard joined Proterra as chief financial officer.
Advocating Charging Standards
Global charging standardization organization CharIN welcomed Proterra as its first North American EV bus manufacturer member.
Proterra closed $55 Million Series 6 with Generation Investment Management LLP and BMW i Ventures.
West Coast Manufacturing
Proterra opened up its second manufacturing plant in City of Industry, California.
Proterra in Los Angeles
California Governor Brown commemorated the new Proterra L.A. manufacturing facility.
First Airport Customer
Proterra broke into the airport market with buses sold to Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU).
First All-Electric BRT
San Joaquin Regional Transit District opened the first 100% electric, zero-emission bus rapid transit route in the U.S. with Proterra buses.
Mileage World Record
The Proterra Catalyst E2 max set the world record by driving 1,101.2 miles — the longest distance traveled by any electric vehicle on a single charge.
Proterra Partners Win Bulk of FTA Funds
Proterra congratulated the winners of the FTA Low-No grant funding for battery-electric buses.
DuoPower Drivetrain Introduction
Proterra introduced the DuoPower drivetrain, enabling the Catalyst bus to have industry-leading gradeability, nearly twice the horsepower and acceleration, and 5x the efficiency of a standard diesel bus.
Van Hool Partnership
Van Hool selected Proterra for its first all-electric motor coach in the North American market.
First Federal Agency Customer
Yosemite became the first U.S. National Park to purchase zero-emission buses from Proterra.
60 Community Customers
Proterra expands sales to more than 60 municipal, university, airport, and transit agency customers.
Prestigious Award Recognition
Proterra was named in the Global Cleantech 100 and received North American Company of the Year award.
Expanding Technology Innovation
Proterra introduced new high-power interoperable EV charging technology.
First Canadian Customer
Proterra entered the Canadian market with an electric bus order from Toronto.
$155 Million Investment
Proterra closed $155 million investment from Daimler,, the world's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer; Tao Capital Partners; G2VP; and others.
Technology innovation continued with the introduction of Proterra's APEX connected vehicle intelligence system.
Electric School Bus
Proterra and Thomas Built Buses unveiled the Saf-T-Liner eC2 electric school bus.
First Electric Buses
Proterra customers deployed the first electric transit buses in service in Hawaii and North Carolina.
Battery Leasing Program
Proterra scaled the battery leasing program to put Proterra buses at price parity with diesel buses.
Proterra Energy™ Launch
Proterra Energy fleet solutions was announced, offering turnkey energy delivery for heavy-duty electric vehicle fleets.
Proterra announced a collaboration with Michelin to develop the MICHELIN® X® InCity Energy Z tire, a new low rolling resistance tire designed and optimized for battery-electric buses in urban environments.
Proterra Powered™ Launch
Proterra launched Proterra Powered™, leveraging Proterra’s high-performance batteries and EV expertise to help commercial manufacturers electrify their heavy-duty vehicles.
FCCC MT50e Partnership
Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) announced its collaboration with Proterra to develop the MT50e, a new all-electric delivery truck chassis.
Allen Appointed CEO
The Board of Directors appointed Jack Allen, previously the chief operating officer of Navistar International, as Proterra's chairman and chief executive officer.
Optimal S1LF Partnership
Optimal Electric Vehicles, LLC (Optimal-EV) announced plans to leverage Proterra’s best-in-class battery technology and charging systems for the development of the industry’s first all-electric S1LF low-floor cutaway shuttle bus for the North American market.
Bustech ZDi Partnership
Bustech, Australia’s award-winning advanced bus manufacturer, announced a new collaboration to manufacture its all-electric ZDi 12.5-meter transit bus utilizing Proterra’s industry-leading battery technology platform.
ZX5 Bus Launch
Proterra unveiled the ZX5, its fifth-generation transit vehicle that touts the longest range of any 40-foot electric bus on the market.
New Charging Infrastructure
Proterra unveiled its new, high-powered charging solutions, designed in partnership with Power Electronics to enable the electrification of large-scale vehicle fleets.
Joyce at Helm of Powered
Proterra announced Gareth Joyce, previously Delta Air Lines’ first chief sustainability officer, as president of its Proterra Powered™ and Energy business units.
1,000th Bus Sold
With Broward County Transit's (BCT) agreement to purchase 12 40-foot Proterra® ZX5™ buses, Proterra marked the sale of more than 1,000 battery-electric transit buses in North America.
LA Battery Line
The opening of a new battery production line co-located in Proterra's EV bus manufacturing facility in Los Angeles County was expected to create dozens of new jobs.
Proterra Plans to Go Public
Proterra announced that it would become publicly listed through a transaction with ArcLight Clean Transition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company.
Komatsu announced plans to use Proterra battery technology for the development of its first electric hydraulic excavator, representing Proterra’s entry into the off-road vehicle market.
Volta Trucks Partnership
Volta Trucks selected Proterra as the battery supplier for the Volta Zero, an all-electric 16-tonne commercial vehicle designed for freight distribution in city centers.
Lightning eMotors Partnership
Lightning eMotors announced a new collaboration to power the Generation 4 Lightning Electric Transit commercial van using Proterra battery technology.
Redwood Materials Partnership
Redwood Materials partnered to provide recycling services for Proterra, processing batteries past their useful life and converting them into raw material to be used again.
50th School Bus
Thomas Built Buses (TBB) and Proterra celebrated the delivery of the 50th Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley battery-electric school bus, which is powered by Proterra battery technology.
Robinson-Berry on Board
Proterra announced the election of Joan Robinson-Berry, who had recently retired from a 35-year career with The Boeing Company, to the company’s board of directors.
June 15, 2021
Proterra Now Public
Following the completion of its business combination with ArcLight, Proterra became a publicly-listed company and began trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.
ROUSH CleanTech Partnership
ROUSH CleanTech announced its collaboration with Proterra Powered in the development of its next-generation Ford F-650 all-electric commercial truck.
Taylor Machine Works Partnership
Taylor Machine Works announced a new partnership to power its next-generation ZLC-series electric container handler and ZH-series electric forklift using Proterra battery technology.
Bailey Named President
Proterra announced the appointment of Chris Bailey as president of its Proterra Powered and Energy business units.
Komatsu Mining Partnership
Komatsu announced a new collaboration to electrify next-generation underground mining machines using Proterra’s battery technology.
Anadolu Isuzu Partnership
Anadolu Isuzu announced plans to power its next-generation Citi VOLT public transportation buses with Proterra’s battery technology.
Joyce Named CEO
Proterra announced that Gareth Joyce, then President of Proterra, would succeed Jack Allen as Chief Executive Officer, effective Jan. 1, 2022.
Padilla Named CFO
Proterra announced that Karina Franco Padilla had been appointed Chief Financial Officer, effective Jan. 1, 2022.
SC Battery Factory
Proterra announced plans to open a new EV battery system manufacturing plant in South Carolina to produce battery systems for Proterra Powered customers.