World’s Longest-Range Zero-Emissions Electric Bus Unveiled at Facility Opening

Industry, CA - Heavy hitters, including California’s Governor Jerry Brown and Pedro Pizarro, President and CEO of Edison International, attended the opening celebration for leading electric bus manufacturer Proterra’s newest facility in Industry, California. The opening celebration was timed to coincide with delivery of their first California-made bus.

Attendees got a firsthand look at how electric buses, which can travel 350 miles on a single charge, are built.  “Today, we’re not celebrating a factory; we’re celebrating the first commercial delivery of the longest-range EV technology in the world,” said Proterra President and CEO Ryan Popple.  “Our buses will enable riders a state-of-the-art electric experience, and they’ll be able to enjoy the health and other benefits associated with zero-emission technology.”  Mr. Popple, an early employee of Tesla Motors, is leading the initiative at Proterra to popularize zero-emission buses in the U.S. 

Proterra Long Range Electric Bus

An employee works on a new Proterra long-range electric bus.


Proterra says that the 100,000-square foot facility will start producing one new electric bus per week, eventually increasing output to four, and will add 150 new jobs to Southern California’s economy.  The company has sold more than 400 vehicles to transit operators in 40 communities across the U.S.

Proterra has received extensive accolades for its sustainability efforts. Proterra’s honors include: White House Champion of Change recognition, New Energy Pioneer by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and Top 24 Global Technology Pioneer at the World Economic Forum.  Founded in 2004, Proterra began manufacturing in Greenville, South Carolina.  Prologis’ Industry Distribution Center is Proterra’s second manufacturing plant and their first facility in Southern California.

Prologis market officer Rob Antrobius, property manager Elizabeth Summerer and VP of property management Sandy Diaz were also at the event to celebrate this important customer milestone. Like Proterra, Prologis is widely recognized as an industry leader for sustainability efforts, winning repeated awards and accolades from organizations such as Corporate Knights, GRESB and NAREIT.  Learn more about our awards and sustainable development efforts and innovations.

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