Proterra plans to open electric vehicle battery plant in South Carolina – pv magazine USA
The company’s first battery systems plant on the east coast is expected to produce several gigawatt hours of annual battery capacity and create more than 200 new jobs.
Proterra, which designs and manufactures zero-emission electric transit vehicles and EV technology equipment for commercial applications, has announced plans to open a new EV battery systems manufacturing facility in South Carolina to produce battery systems for Proterra commercial electric vehicles, including delivery and work trucks, industrial equipment, buses, etc.
The company has committed to a minimum investment of at least $ 76 million and expects to generate more than 200 new jobs over the next few years at the 327,000 square foot battery system production plant. The plant is expected to begin operations in the second half of 2022, with several GWh of annual production capacity for Proterra’s battery systems. By 2025, the plant is expected to support additional production capacity of battery systems, as well as the production of auxiliary systems integrated into medium and heavy-duty vehicles and electrical equipment.
Proterra’s new battery systems manufacturing plant will be located in the 42.76-acre Carolina Commerce Center in Greer, SC near Proterra’s electric bus manufacturing plant in Greenville, NC South. By opening the company’s first electric vehicle battery systems plant on the US east coast, Proterra will bring battery production closer to its customers and its own Proterra Transit electric bus manufacturing operations.
The new South Carolina plant is the company’s third nationwide battery production plant. In December 2020, the company opened its second co-located battery production site at its EV bus manufacturing facility in Los Angeles County.
Proterra’s ZX5 battery-powered electric transit buses are being used by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, as they move towards a fully electric fleet expected by 2028. Proterra has delivered 25 buses to date. electrics at the branch, as well as five Proterra 1.5 MW fleet chargers with 104 remote EV charging distributors.
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