Proterra Opens Los Angeles Electric Bus Plant Targeting West Coast Transit Sales

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement in June drew international condemnation, but has had no impact on California’s push for dramatic cuts in carbon exhaust.

Which is why startup electric-bus maker Proterra opened a new factory near Los Angeles to meet demand for zero-emission vehicles from transit agencies west of the Mississippi.

The $20 million factory is the second for Silicon Valley-based Proterra, which already builds Catalyst model buses in Greenville, South Carolina. The new 100,000-square-foot facility is in the City of Industry, an LA suburb zoned for factories, that’s designed to produce 400 buses per year and employ 100 assembly workers.

“I’m really impressed with people who invent stuff, who make stuff, who use their hands," Governor Jerry Brown said at ceremony to open the plant. "In my business we only use our mouths -- that’s our big expertise.”

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