California Zero-Emission Public Transit Bus Manufacturing Project Report
December 08, 2023
Transportation Energy (600)
Clean Transportation Program
In May 2015, the California Energy Commission executed a $3 million grant to Proterra to fund the design, development, and construction of Proterra’s new state-of-the-art zero-emission, battery-electric transit bus manufacturing line in California. The proposed facility in the San Gabriel Valley was determined an optimal location to serve existing and future transit customers throughout California and the western half of the United States. In May 2017 the grant was amended to include the purchase of manufacturing equipment for the Proterra battery pack factory located in Burlingame. The bus manufacturing facility benefits economically distressed communities throughout the San Gabriel Valley—providing jobs in southern California’s emerging center of high-tech manufacturing. Proterra planned to manufacture zero-emission battery electric buses at the San Gabriel Valley facility, these buses will result in a reduction of carbon dioxide equivalent over the lifetime of the manufactured vehicles. Implementing the project will help lower the production costs and the upfront cost of zero-emission buses across the western half of the United States.