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Proterra Announces Appointment of Automotive Industry Leader Roger Nielsen to its Board of Directors

BURLINGAME, Calif., Feb. 23. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Proterra Inc (NASDAQ: PTRA), a leading innovator in commercial vehicle electrification technology, today announced the appointment of Roger Nielsen to the company’s board of directors effective on March 2, 2022. The company also announced that Jochen Goetz will step down from the company’s board of directors effective March 2, 2022 so that he can focus on his other professional responsibilities.

Mr. Nielsen fills the vacancy on the Proterra Board of Directors created by the departure of John F. Erhard from ArcLight Capital.

Mr. Nielsen is a leader in the development of commercial vehicle products. He recently retired from Daimler Trucks, one of the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, after a 35-year career, including as President and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America. While at Daimler Trucks, Mr. Nielsen led the company’s significant advances in the electrification of its heavy and medium trucks and school buses.

Mr. Goetz is stepping down from Proterra’s Board of Directors after four years of service and after helping the company transition to a public company. “Proterra thanks Jochen for his invaluable contributions to our company over the past four years and wishes him well in his future endeavours,” said Jack Allen, Chairman of the Board of Proterra. “We are delighted to add Roger’s extensive knowledge and experience as a leader in the commercial vehicle market to our company’s Board of Directors. Roger’s strong track record of developing innovative products will support Proterra’s growth and mission as we strive to provide best-in-class technology solutions to electrify commercial vehicles.

“Having worked with the Proterra team during my time at Daimler, I have seen firsthand how Proterra is transforming commercial vehicles with cutting-edge EV technology solutions. undertaking at this important time for electrification as our journey towards zero-emissions transportation continues,” Mr. Nielsen said.

Mr. Nielsen served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Daimler Trucks North America from April 2017 to April 2021, with responsibility for all aspects of Daimler Trucks North America and its affiliates in the Western Hemisphere, Australia and in New Zealand. From May 2001 to April 2017, Mr. Nielsen served as Chief Operating Officer of Daimler Trucks North America, responsible for the company’s manufacturing network in Mexico, the United States and Canada, as well as all levels of operations in quality, supplier management, logistics and enforcement. engineering. From 2001, he also served on the boards of directors of subsidiaries, Thomas Built Bus and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, as chairman of both entities from April 2017 to April 2021. From 2001 until their disposals in 2003 and 2005, respectively, Mr. Nielsen was Vice President of Orion Bus Industries and American LaFrance. Mr. Nielsen holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University.

About Proterra

Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission electric transit vehicles and EV technology solutions for commercial applications. With industry-leading durability and energy efficiency based on rigorous American independent testing, Proterra products are proudly engineered, engineered, and manufactured in America, with offices in Silicon Valley, South Carolina, and Los Angeles. For more information, visit