(Updated) Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited Proterra Incorporated’s electric bus manufacturing plant in Greenville Thursday morning.
The secretary’s visit comes two days after President Obama’s State of the Union Address, in which he stressed the importance of winning the future by partnering with the private sector to out-innovate and out-build the rest of the world. The Greenville facility is building the world’s first fast-charge electric transit buses, and is on track to grow from more than 120 employees today to more than 350 employees by the end of the year.
LaHood talked with workers and toured the electric bus plant, calling Proterra a model for the rest of the country because of its partnership with Clemson University’s ICAR program and funding from private businesses. He says he has no doubt that in 10 years the company will be celebrating the amount of orders they will be getting for its electric buses.
The Greenville facility is building the world’s first fast charge electric transit buses and is on track to grow from 120 employees today to more than 350 employees by the end of the year.