A deal between the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) was announced today to award funding for the purchase of “15 Proterra Catalyst buses, 11 Proterra depot-chargers, and 4 Proterra fast-chargers”.

We are talking about a significant investment to improve local air quality and public health in disadvantaged communities throughout the San Joaquin Valley.

Here’s the list of transit services that will receive the buses and charging stations:

  • City of Visalia Transit Division
  • Fresno County Rural Transit Agency
  • California State University Fresno
  • San Joaquin Regional Transit District
  • City of Modesto Transit Services

Mary Nichols, CARB Chair, commented on the announcement:

“This project demonstrates how California’s leadership in clean-vehicle innovation is benefiting all Californians. These zero-emission buses will be built in California and driven in California, cleaning the air and serving the public transit needs of disadvantaged communities up and down the San Joaquin Valley.”

Indeed, while Proterra is based in Greenville, South Carolina, the company is also investing in manufacturing operations at a new Los Angeles County facility. Proterra recently hired Tesla’s former VP of Manufacturing as COO to lead its own manufacturing operations at the plant.

It’s apparently where the all-electric buses for this new order will be built.

Proterra now reports having sold “more than 312 vehicles to 35 different transit agencies throughout North America.” It expects to significantly grow in the next year thanks in part to its recently unveiled Catalyst E2 all-electric bus with 350 miles of range on massive 660 kWh battery.

The company’s new COO, Josh Ensign, has the mission to triple production in its East Coast facility and to start production at the Los Angeles facility all in 2017.

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