Electric bus manufacturer, Proterra, to speak at Cathodes 2017 battery conference

Proterra Inc, the manufacturer of a range of pure electric buses, will speak at the inaugural Cathodes 2017 conference organised by Benchmark Mineral Intelligence on 8-10 October, Newport Beach, US.

Dustin Grace, Proterra’s director of battery engineering, will present the company’s strategy to design and build lithium ion battery packs for a range of electric buses with capacities of up to 660kWh.

The electric bus market has been somewhat overlooked as major electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers like Tesla, Chevrolet and Nissan prepare for the roll of out semi mass market models under $35,000.

However, pure electric buses are significantly larger than the vehicles being produced their car counterparts: using a 330kWh example, Proterra’s battery packs are the equivalent of 5.5 Tesla Model 3. They are also a key component in the fight to reduce air pollution in our cities.

Cathodes 2017 line up

Proterra will join leading industry speakers across the lithium ion battery supply chain including: BASF, Pulead Technology, Vale, Freeport Cobalt (part of Freeport McMoRan), Lithium Americas, Galaxy Resources, Global Lithium, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Financial Times and more.

Proterra has sold over 400 of its 35ft and 40ft electric buses that use a nickel-manganese-cobalt chemistry and is today one of the world’s most important electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers.

The company has manufacturing hubs in Los Angeles and South Carolina and will utilise a recent capital raise to bolster its capacity.

Investors in Proterra include Generation Investment Management, a fund founded by former US-vice president, Al Gore, and BMW’s venture capital arm, BMW i Ventures. This year alone the company has been successful in two fundraising rounds of $140m and $55m and is expected to IPO later this year.

Cathodes 2017 is an event created by Benchmark Mineral Intelligence to focus on the raw material supply of lithium, nickel and cobalt to the lithium ion battery cathode industry. It is the first to bring together these niche raw material industries that are evolving to serve a rapidly growing lithium ion battery market.

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