Proterra announced the opening of a new battery production line co-located in its EV bus manufacturing facility in Los Angeles County.
The new battery production line will manufacture Proterra’s battery packs featuring new, next-generation cells. The facility will expand Proterra’s battery production capacity to meet growing demand for the company’s battery systems in Proterra Powered commercial vehicles and Proterra’s transit buses. The co-located battery line is designed to optimize space and demonstrates Proterra’s ability to bring state-of-the-art battery production directly to commercial vehicle OEMs, the company says.
“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’re excited to build on this progress as we deliver Proterra Powered technology solutions to vehicle manufacturers around the world,” says Proterra CEO Jack Allen.
California Energy Commissioner Patty Monahan says, “The California Energy Commission is proud to partner with innovative companies like Proterra to expand advanced transportation manufacturing in our state. Today’s announcement is yet another demonstration of how California is the center for innovation in electric vehicle technology.”
The batteries manufactured at the City of Industry facility will feature Proterra’s redesigned modules with next-generation cells developed with LG Energy Solutions. The new battery packs will improve on Proterra’s energy systems with greater energy storage capacity and higher power density to enable increased range and faster charge times. Since 2016, Proterra and LG engineering teams have been collaborating to maximize cell performance to meet the stringent requirements of commercial vehicle markets.
Proterra’s new battery-electric transit vehicle, the Proterra ZX5, can now be equipped with 675 kWh of energy, the most energy storage of any 40-foot electric bus available in the market today, the company says.
Proterra’s technology advancements enable efficient production in a small footprint and Proterra’s transit bus business benefits from co-location of battery production in its Los Angeles facility. Proterra says the new battery production line was established within a year and showcases the company’s ability to design and deploy its modular and capital efficient manufacturing process for optimal EV vehicle manufacturing.