Proterra Scores Biggest US Sale

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Greenville-based Proterra recently sold 12 of its battery-powered, zero-emission buses to California-based Foothill Transit, which was the company’s largest U.S. sale.

The buses will run in Foothill Transit’s 22 member cities in the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys in Southern California. The transit agency was the first in the country to switch to on-route charge electric buses by purchasing and operating Proterra buses, starting in 2011. That followed a Federal Transit Administration demonstration project in 2010 that allowed Foothill Transit to use three of the buses.

Foothill Transit’s fleet currently is 314 and covers over 300 square miles each year while carrying 14 million passengers.

Proterra’s last three sales to transit systems have been repeat customers, a company statement said.

StarMetro of Tallahassee recently purchased three more buses from Proterra, which increases the fleet to five; and the Worcester Regional Transit Authority in Massachusetts raised its three-bus order to six.

Proterra has doubled its production workforce, installed a second production line, added a second shift, and grown its sales staff to keep up with growing demand.

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