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Proterra, which makes big honkin battery systems and electric buses, raises $200 million – TechCrunch

Proterra, the battery system know-how developer for heavy-duty electrical autos, stated it has raised $200 million in a brand new spherical of funding.

The brand new money comes from Cowen Sustainable Funding Advisors, which led the spherical, together with cash from Soros Fund Management, Era Funding Administration and Broadscale Group.

Cowen took the majority of the spherical with $150 million whereas Soros, Era and Broadscale forked over one other $50 million.

This new capital infusion follows a yr’s value of hypothesis a few potential public providing for the large honkin battery techniques developer. PJDM final reported in August 2019 that Proterra had hit a $1 billion valuation in accordance with buyers and could be looking for a possible IPO on the time.

The corporate stated the brand new cash would go to assist the corporate’s ongoing analysis and growth efforst into battery and electrical drivetrain applied sciences and enterprise growth to extend the corporate’s footprint in further industrial car segments.

Proterra’s additionally taking a look at charging and vitality administration know-how growth to decrease fleet administration prices related to working electrical fleets.

So far, Proterra has raised fairness and debt totaling at the least roughly $1 billion from buyers together with G2VP, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Constellation Ventures, Mitsui & Co. in addition to BMW i Ventures, Edison Vitality, the Federal Transportation Administration, Basic Motors’s enterprise arm and Tao Capital Partners .

Proterra, primarily makes buses for native, state and federal companies that may journey 350 miles on a single cost. The Burlingame, Calif. firm, which has various former Tesla staff in management positions, together with the corporate’s former chief government Ryan Popple, has additionally diversified its enterprise to offer its energy trains to different heavy- and medium-duty industrial electrical car producers.

The corporate is now working with OEMs like Thomas Constructed Bus, Van Hool, FCCC, BusTech and Optimum-EV to carry 100% battery-electric autos powered by its know-how to market, the corporate stated in a press release.

“As demand grows for battery-electric autos and 100% zero-emission fleets, we’re excited to collaborate with CSI in addition to our different buyers to speed up the transition to wash, quiet transportation for all and ship much more Proterra Powered autos around the globe,” stated Jack Allen, Proterra’s present chairman and chief government.

BofA Securities acted as sole placement agent on this transaction.

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Jonathan Shieber