Proterra Inc., producer of the world's first fast-charge battery-electric bus, was featured Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 on CBS Evening News. CBS Investigative Reporter Anna Werner visited Proterra during a visit to South Carolina to report on its "SmartState Initiative." (watch the video)
Established in 2002, the SmartState Program invests in talent and infrastructure at South Carolina's three research universities, including Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in Greenville, S.C., to drive economic development. SmartState supports research in areas that will help companies grow, attract new business to the state, build a technology-rich economy, and create more opportunities for South Carolina residents.
Proterra mechanical design engineer Neeraj Chirmulay, a recent graduate from the CU-ICAR masters of engineering program, was interviewed by Werner who asked if he liked working for Proterra. His response: "Love it."
Werner also spoke with founder Dale Hill on Proterra's relocation to Greenville, S.C., and manufacturing team member Julie Shepherd who, after many years of filling temporary positions, found permanent employment with Proterra.