CALIFORNIA SELECTS PROTERRA AS A VENDOR IN STATEWIDE ELECTRIC BUS CONTRACT
The California Department of General Services as a vendor has selected Proterra to supply battery-electric buses and Proterra charging systems for the statewide contract. Transit agencies and other institutions such as universities and airports can now purchase Proterra battery-electric buses and charging systems through the state’s pre-established contract.
California is home for Proterra. It has two facilities in the state. Proterra’s headquarters and battery manufacturing facility is in Silicon Valley and its West Coast bus manufacturing facility is located in Los Angeles County. Proterra recently announced that it has partnered with the United Steelworkers to provide union representation for hourly production employees at its City of Industry facility. The company, along with other manufacturers, underwent a review process by the state of California. California continues to be a pioneer in the adoption of zero-emission transportation and has unveiled several initiatives, grants and funding opportunities. In December 2018, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted the Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) regulation with a unanimous vote in favor, requiring state public transit agencies to transition to 100 percent zero-emission buses by 2040.
California has made available $450 million in grants to help fund rail and bus investments made by public agencies. Procurement of electric buses, charging systems, and associated electric bus infrastructure are eligible projects under this program, as well as leasing electric buses and/or batteries. The deadline to submit proposals for awards is January 16, 2020. Further, Governor Gavin Newsom also recently signed Assembly Bill 784 which allows zero-emission buses purchased in California to be exempt from state sales tax until January 1, 2024. This initiative will help advance the deployment of zero-emission buses in California.