Josh Ensign has been named the president of Proterra Transit. He joined the company more than five years ago to serve as chief operating officer and has executive leadership experience from his time at Honeywell International and Tesla Motors.
Ensign holds a bachelor’s in engineering from Gonzaga University and an MBA from the University of Southern California and his track record includes leading global operations for 42 factories in 15 countries and managing the supporting supply chains.
But he also has a drive to see the electrification of the transportation sector, and specifically, the transit sector through to fruition.
“Transportation remains one of the leading sources of air pollution and damaging emissions,” Ensign wrote in a Sept. 1 blog. “For me, electrifying transportation is personal.”
Ensign credits a childhood rich in experiences surrounded by nature as driving him to take action to help preserve and protect the environment.
He notes that when he first joined Proterra, the question being discussed was if the transit market would embrace electrification. That question, he says, has been answered and the transition is underway.
“Delivering clean, quiet transportation is an opportunity to meet the needs of our communities while protecting our environment and public health, particularly for those who are most at risk from the threats of pollution,” said Ensign. “The road to the future of zero-emission transportation begins with public transit and the time is now.”