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Proterra electric bus is available in fast-charge and longer-range versions depending on a community's topography and transit system operations
Proterra electric bus is available in fast-charge and longer-range versions depending on a community's topography and transit system operations

Proterra At Age 12

By Bill Moore

Proterra Electric Bus Senior VP for Sales and Marketing Matt Horton brings EV World up to speed on company progress over the last dozen years since its founding.

It's hard to imagine but Proterra is about to become a "teenager." While we observed the "birth" of this electric bus startup from afar dozen years ago, to most of us in the EV world, it's hard to imagine it's growing up "so quickly."

Of course, for the folks at Proterra, its been an eventful "childhood" building America's most recognized all-electric transit bus, one that leaves behind the boxy stereotype of the prototypical North American city bus for something a bit more European in style.

But frankly, buses aren't all the "sexy" and like most publications, we all-too-often tend to focus on what grabs people's attention: sleek, fast automobiles, deliciously dangerous motorcycles, sky's-the-limit airplanes. Buses, not so much.

But increasingly, buses are becoming an evermore important element in the sustainable urban mobility formula, especially electric ones, something more and more cities are starting to recognize, as are national governments. Proterra's chief rival, BYD of China, has been aggressively marketing and demonstrating its all-electric k9 transit buses across the globe, steadily winning business around the globe from the Netherlands to Columbia.

When Proterra announced that it had garnered the lion's share (65%) of a recent round of Federal Transit Authority grants, we decided it was time to "catch the bus" and talk with Matt Horton, Proterra's Senior VP for Sales and Marketing in this two-part Skype video interview, totaling about 30-minutes in length.

Video Part 1

Video Part 2

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Originally published: 02 May 2016

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