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Electric bus-maker Proterra moves headquarters to Silicon Valley

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Published Oct. 12, 2015

Proterra has moved its headquarters from Greenville to Burlingame, Calif. The company said in a statement that the move positions its leadership to better meet rapidly growing demand for the zero-emission, $1 million buses. Proterra’s Greenville facility will continue to manufacture buses. A statement said the company “expects to find new opportunities for collaboration with other transportation innovators in the Bay Area.”

Proterra has sold more than 108 vehicles to 14 different transit agencies throughout North America. The statement said increasing urbanization and strict air quality regulations have boosted demand for electric mass transit in California. Proterra is opening a Southern California manufacturing facility in 2016 and expects to double its production capacity. The company’s firm orders are now at 123 units, with 317 options contracted, for a total of 440, the statement said.

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The 34,440-square-foot Burlingame headquarters will include a mix of management and support teams from Proterra’s advanced engineering, finance, sales, marketing and human resources departments with 40 employees initially, the statement said.

“The U.S. is in the midst of a complete reinvention of how we transport people and cargo, and Silicon Valley is at the center of innovation in new powertrains and energy storage systems,” Proterra CEO Ryan Popple said. “As younger generations forgo car ownership and cities demand clean and quiet transit solutions, our goal is to help pioneer this movement.”

Proterra representatives in Greenville did not respond to messages seeking comment.

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