Proterra EcoRide BE35
Former US Secretaries seem to be joining EV companies almost monthly these days.
After former Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu joined battery maker Amprius, former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood joins Proterra's Board of Directors.
According to Proterra, during time as Secretary, LaHood was an avid supporter of EV transit, leading the Federal Transit Administration's Clean Fuels Program. Thanks to this program, Proterra sold several dozen electric buses to operators that received financing to buy EVs.
Ray LaHood commented:
"I believe in the need for dependable, lower cost, more sustainable transit options. EV is the future of transit, and I am pleased to lend my knowledge and support to building this future with Proterra – the clear industry leader and the only American EV bus manufacturer."
Garrett Mikita, president and chief executive officer, Proterra stated:
"We are incredibly fortunate to work with an expert like Secretary LaHood, who can offer insight into so many of the key issues facing our industry. He is a true and long-standing supporter of cost effective and sustainable transportation and an advocate of both transit agencies and manufacturers. We look forward to having the benefit of his wisdom and counsel as we work to advance the American transportation system and enable better solutions for taxpayers in transit."