Proterra EV Battery Factory Opens in California

By Chad Elmore11 December 2020

Proterra, a manufacturer of heavy-duty electric transportation, has opened a new battery production line co-located in its EV bus manufacturing facility in Los Angeles County, California.

The new battery production line will manufacture Proterra’s battery packs featuring new, next generation cells and is expected to create dozens of new jobs in Los Angeles County.

The facility will expand Proterra’s battery production capacity to meet demand for the company’s battery systems in Proterra Powered commercial vehicles and Proterra’s transit buses.  The co-located battery line is designed to optimize space and demonstrates Proterra’s ability to bring state-of-the-art battery production directly to commercial vehicle OEMs.

“Today, Proterra furthers our commitment to the City of Industry and Los Angeles County as we bring more advanced manufacturing jobs to California,” said Proterra CEO Jack Allen. “Proterra’s industry-leading battery technology has been proven in 16 million miles driven by our fleet of buses. Now, with the opening of our new battery production line, we’re excited to build on this progress as we deliver Proterra Powered technology solutions to vehicle manufacturers around the world.”

The batteries manufactured at the City of Industry facility will feature Proterra’s redesigned modules with next-generation cells developed with LG Energy Solution. The new battery packs will improve on Proterra’s energy systems with greater energy storage capacity and higher power density to enable increased range and faster charge times, said the company.  Since 2016, Proterra and LG engineering teams have been collaborating to maximize cell performance to meet the stringent requirements of commercial vehicle markets.

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