Heavy-duty EV manufacturer Proterra has announced the opening of a new battery production line, co-located at its electric bus manufacturing facility in Los Angeles County.
The battery packs manufactured at the City of Industry facility will feature Proterra’s redesigned modules with next-generation cells developed with LG Energy Solutions, a company that Proterra has been collaborating with since 2016. The new batteries offer greater energy storage capacity and higher power density compared to the previous generation.
Proterra’s new battery-electric transit vehicle, the Proterra ZX5, can now be equipped with 675 kWh of energy storage, which the company says is, the highest capacity of any 40-foot electric bus available today.
In addition to manufacturing its own transit buses, Proterra provides its EV technology to other heavy- and medium-duty commercial vehicle manufacturers through its Proterra Powered program. OEM customers include Thomas Built Buses, Van Hool, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC), Bustech and Optimal-EV.
“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 build on this progress as we deliver Proterra Powered technology solutions to vehicle manufacturers around the world.”