Proterra to build commercial electric vehicle battery plant in South Carolina, third in the United States

Proterra, a U.S. electric utility vehicle company that produces transit buses and electric charging systems, is opening its third battery plant in Greer, South Carolina. The plant is expected to begin production in the second half of 2022 with “several gigawatt hours of annual battery system production capacity,” according to the company.

Proterra did not disclose the specific production capacity expected at its South Carolina plant, but its other two plants in Burlingame, California and Los Angeles have maximum annual capacity of 345 megawatt hours and 675 megawatt hours, respectively, according to Shane. Levy, director of corporate communications.

Globally, the electric utility vehicle market is expected to reach $ 62.4 billion this year. With a myriad of government and corporate initiatives focused on reducing emissions, the commercial electric vehicle industry is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 17.3% over the next nine years, and automakers are growing. are fighting to meet this demand. In January of this year, General Motors announced its new brand of commercial electric vehicles, Brightdrop, and in September, Ford beefed up its commercial electric vehicle unit ahead of the launch of the Ford E-Transit work van, to name only a few.

With this new plant, Proterra has pledged to create more than 200 jobs in South Carolina and to invest a minimum of $ 76 million in the 327,000 square foot plant, located at the 42.76 acre Carolina Commerce Center. . The plant, which is located near the company’s electric bus manufacturing plant, is Proterra’s entry into battery production in the eastern United States, which the company says will bring it closer of its “Proterra Powered” customers. In addition to building its own electric vehicles, Proterra is partnering with other automakers to integrate its powertrains into their vehicles. Thomas Built Buses’ Daimler Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley school bus, for example, is powered by Proterra, as are Volta’s new refrigerated trucks.

The Greer battery production site comes a year after Proterra opened its second battery plant within its electric bus manufacturing facility in Los Angeles. It will also be next door to commercial competitor EV Arrival, which recently shared plans to open its own battery module assembly plant in North Carolina. As more and more automakers start producing electric vehicles and want to control their own supply chain, more and more domestic battery assembly factories will follow.

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