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Proterra Named Edison Awards Finalist

North America’s leading zero-emission, battery-electric bus company to be recognized at Edison Awards Gala on April 21 in New York


BURLINGAME, Calif. – February 11, 2016 – Proterra, the leading provider of zero-emission, battery-electric buses has been named a 2016 Award Finalist by the internationally renowned Edison Awards™.   The distinguished awards, inspired by Thomas Edison’s persistence and inventiveness, recognize innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy.


“It’s exciting to see companies like Proterra continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking,” said Frank Bonafilia, Edison Awards’ executive director.  “Edison Awards recognizes the game-changing products and services, and the teams that brought them to consumers.” Award winners will be announced April 21, 2016 at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in the historic Ballroom of the Capitale in New York City.


“We are honored to be named a finalist for an Edison Award,” said Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra. “To be recognized by the Edison Awards underscores the momentum we are seeing for zero-emission mass transit. With public transit agencies coast-to-coast challenged by the limitations of fossil fuels, the Edison Award designation is a testament to increased adoption of Proterra zero-emission electric buses and clean, quiet transportation for all.”


Edison Award nominees are judged by more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation whose votes acknowledge the Finalists’ success in meeting the award’s stringent criteria of quality.  The voting panel includes members of:


Chief Marketing Officer Council (CMO)

Design Management Institute (DMI)

American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC)

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Georgia State Marketing Roundtable (GSU)

Product Development and Management Association (PDMA)

Assoc. of Technology Mgmt & Applied Engineering  (ATMAE)

BPI Network

Past Edison Award winners

Marketing professionals






About Proterra:

Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission vehicles that enable bus fleet operators to significantly reduce operating costs while delivering clean, quiet transportation to the community. Proterra has sold more than 122 vehicles to 15 different transit agencies throughout North America. Proterra’s configurable EV platform, battery and charging options make its buses well-suited for a wide range of transit and campus routes. With unmatched durability and energy efficiency based on rigorous U.S. certification testing, Proterra products are proudly designed, engineered and manufactured in America, with offices in Silicon Valley and South Carolina. For more information visit: and follow us on Twitter @Proterra_Inc.


Proterra Media Contact: [email protected]


About The Edison Awards

The Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to fostering  future innovators.   For more information about the Edison Awards, Edison Universe and a list of past winners, visit