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 advance EV technology to deliver the world’s best-performing commercial vehicles.

Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission electric transit vehicles and EV technology solutions for commercial applications. Since 2004, Proterraregistered technology has been proven through more than 20 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 a decade of experience delivering heavy-duty electric transit vehicles, Proterra has sold more than 1,000 electric buses to 130+ communities 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. 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 more than 100 million pounds of greenhouse gases from escaping into the atmosphere and avoided burning some six million gallons of 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.

Our History

  • Proterra’s Creation
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    Proterra was founded by Dale Hill in Golden, Colorado. Proterra began designing its initial prototype bus.

  • The EcoRide
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    Proterra debuts its first bus, the EcoRide, at the American Public Transportation Association’s Annual Meeting.

  • The First Proterra Customer
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    Proterra sells its first 3 buses in 2009 to Foothill Transit in Pomona, California.

  • Greenville, South Carolina
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    Proterra opened its first factory in Greenville, South Carolina.

  • Sales Growth
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    Proterra expands sales, landing customers in Texas, Florida, and South Carolina.

  • Customer Momentum
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    Customer momentum continues and Proterra signs its first customer in the Northeast, Worcester WRTA.

  • Altoona Testing
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    Proterra’s EcoRide became the first heavy-duty electric transit bus to ever pass the Federal Transit Administration’s Altoona testing.

  • Catalyst FC
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    Proterra introduced the Catalyst FC, a fast charge battery configuration option.

  • Retaining and Attracting Customers
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    Proterra surpasses 50 buses sold.

  • New CEO
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    Ryan Popple was named CEO of Proterra.

  • Further Validation of ZEV Market
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    Proterra buses purchased by King County Metro, the 8th largest transit agency in the US.

  • Catalyst XR
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    Proterra released the Catalyst XR, an extended range battery configuration option.

  • Breaking Records
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    Proterra’s Catalyst model breaks several records at Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center for fuel efficiency, gradeability, weight and acceleration.

  • Silicon Valley Headquarters
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    Proterra transitioned its headquarters to Burlingame, California.

  • ZEV Transit Groundswell
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    Proterra surpasses 100 buses sold as the BEB market expands.

  • The Catalyst E2
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    Proterra introduces the Catalyst E2, setting a new industry precedent for long-range battery-electric buses.

  • New Board Leadership
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    Former two-term Governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, joins Proterra’s board.

  • Proterra’s 1st Chief Legal Officer
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    Proterra names JoAnn Covington, Silicon Valley attorney, as chief legal officer and head of government relations.

  • University of Nevada-Reno
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    Emphasizing safe, intelligent transportation, Proterra begins first autonomous bus program in the United States.

  • CFO with Strong Manufacturing Expertise
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    Former chief financial officer of AMG, Amy Ard, joins Proterra as CFO.

  • Advocating Charging Standards
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    Global charging standardization organization welcomes Proterra as first North American EV bus manufacturer member.

  • Series 6
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    Proterra closes $55 Million Series 6 with Generation Investment Management LLP And BMW i Ventures.

  • West Coast Manufacturing
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    Proterra opened up its second manufacturing plant in City of Industry, California.

  • Proterra Los Angeles
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    California Governor Brown commemorates new Proterra LA manufacturing facility.

  • RDU 1st Airport Customer
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    Proterra breaks into the airport market with buses sold to Raleigh Durham International Airport.

  • 1st All-Electric BRT
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    San Joaquin Regional Transit District opens first 100 percent electric, zero-emissions bus rapid transit route in the U.S. with Proterra buses.

  • Setting World Record
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    Proterra Catalyst E2 max sets world record and drives 1,101.2 miles—longest distance traveled by any electric vehicle on a single charge.

  • Proterra Partners Win Bulk of FTA Funds
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    Proterra congratulates the winners of FTA Low-No grant funding for battery-electric buses.

  • The DuoPower Drivetrain
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    Proterra introduces the DuoPower drivetrain, enabling the Catalyst bus to have industry-leading gradeability, nearly twice horsepower and acceleration and 5X the efficiency of a standard diesel bus.

  • Van Hool
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    Van Hool selects Proterra for its first all-electric motor coach in the North American market.

  • 1st U.S. Federal Agency Customer
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    Yosemite Becomes First U.S. National Park to Purchase Zero-Emission Buses From Proterra

  • Market expansion
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    Proterra expands sales to more than 60 municipal, university, airport, and transit agency customers.

  • Proterra receives prestigious award recognition
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    Proterra is named in the Global Cleantech 100 and receives North American Company of the Year award.

  • Proterra expands technology innovation
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    Proterra introduces new high power interoperable EV charging technology

  • First Canadian customer
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    Proterra enters Canadian market with electric bus order from Toronto.

  • Investment from world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer
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    Proterra closes $155 million investment from Daimler, Tao Capital Partners, G2VP and others

  • APEX Introduced
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    Technology innovation continues with introduction of Proterra APEX connected vehicle intelligence system

  • Electric school bus Powered by Proterra
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    Proterra and Thomas Built Buses unveil the Saf-T-Liner eC2 electric school bus

  • First electric buses in Hawaii & NC
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    Proterra customers deploy first electric transit buses in service in Hawaii and North Carolina.

  • Battery Leasing Program
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    Proterra scales battery leasing program to put Proterra buses at price parity with diesel buses.

  • Proterra Energy™ Launch
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    Proterra Energy fleet solutions is announced, offering turnkey energy delivery for heavy-duty electric vehicle fleets.

  • Michelin Collaboration
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    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
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    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
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    Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) announced its collaboration with Proterra to develop the MT50e, a new all-electric delivery truck chassis.

  • Allen Appointed CEO
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Proterra announced that it would become publicly listed through a transaction with ArcLight Clean Transition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company.

  • Komatsu Partnership
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    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
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    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
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    Lightning eMotors announced a new collaboration to power the Generation 4 Lightning Electric Transit commercial van using Proterra battery technology.

  • Redwood Partnership
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    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 Delivered
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    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
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    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.


Innovative Solutions Award: Clean Technology (2020) – “Metro Magazine” – Chicago Transit Authority / Proterra

Impact 20 (2020) – “Fortune” – Proterra

Global Cleantech 100 (2020) – Cleantech Group – Proterra

Global Cleantech 100 (2019) – Cleantech Group – Proterra

Clean Air Awards (2018) – South Coast Air Quality Management District – Proterra

Innovative Solutions Award (2018) – “METRO Magazine”

30 Under 30 (2018) – Greenbiz – Hayley Cashdollar

Sustainability Award: Large Business Category (2018) – Sustainable San Mateo – Proterra

Global Cleantech 100 (2018) – Cleantech Group – Proterra

North American Company of the Year (2018) – Cleantech Group – Proterra

California Transportation Foundation – 2017 Sustainable Transportation Project of the Year

2017 Finance for Resilience Awards – Proterra Battery Lease Agreements

Cleantech Group – 2017 Global Cleantech 100

Gold Winner: Electric Energy & Propulsion Systems (2016) – Edison Awards – Proterra

Cleantech Group – 2015 Global Cleantech 100

Deloitte – Technology Fast 500 2015

Mass Transit – Top 40 Under Forty 2015

Bloomberg New Energy Finance – New Energy Pioneer 2015

World Economic Forum – 2015 Technology Pioneer

Global Cleantech 100 (2014) – Cleantech Group – Proterra

Sustainia100 (2014) – Sustainia – Proterra

FT/Citi Ingenuity Award: Energy Finalist (2012) – FT/Citi – Proterra

Technology Development Award (2012) – InnoVision – Proterra

Champions of Change Award: Transportation Innovation (2012) – The White House – Proterra