California-based electric bus maker Proterra has launched a new program, Proterra Powered, to help automakers manufacture their own electric fleet vehicles.
Proterra designs and manufactures battery systems, electric drivetrain technology, and standardized, heavy-duty charging systems for commercial vehicle applications. As part of Proterra Powered, Proterra will provide OEMs with the electrification hardware as well as design consulting, engineering services and integration, service support, training, and charging infrastructure implementation.
Proterra has already partnered with Daimler, Belgian coach maker Van Hool, and British bus maker Alexander Dennis to introduce battery-electric vehicles powered by Proterra technology. Proterra and Thomas Built Buses, a US-based school bus manufacturer, have unveiled a new electric school bus, the Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley.
Proterra CEO Ryan Popple said, “As more OEMs adopt EV technology for their vehicles, Proterra is uniquely positioned to be the best electrification partner because of our years of experience testing and evolving our battery system, drivetrains and charging systems through the deployment of our Proterra Catalyst transit vehicles, with vehicles on the road all across North America.”