Dale Hill founded Proterra in 2004 to design and manufacture advanced technology vehicles that are powered by clean, domestic fuels. Proterra manufacturers the first FTA tested full size, fast charge battery electric bus with the ability to be fully recharged in 10 minutes or less as well as an extended range bus that in 2016 was driven 603.2 miles on a single charge at the Michelin Test track in Laurens, South Carolina. Proterra buses have logged over 3.2 Million fleet miles and have broken at least four FTA Altona test records. Prior to Proterra, Dale founded TransTeq, the company that designed and manufactured the EcoMark Alternative Fueled Hybrid-Electric Shuttle Bus for the Denver Regional Transit District. The 36, 45-foot, 116-passenger buses distribute 65,000 passengers throughout the Denver Downtown 16th St. Mall each day. In 17 years of revenue service they have carried over 300 million passengers and logged over 7 million miles.
Over the years Dale has been involved in the design and manufacture of a number of industry-changing transportation solutions from the aluminum dump trailer industry for which he won the 2002 "Most Significant Contribution to the Trucking Industry" award to the double-decker domed rail touring cars seen in Alaska and Canada. Proterra received the White House Champions of Change Award in 2012 from Sec LaHood. Dale has consulted for bus manufacturers internationally and is a frequent speaker for clean transportation solutions throughout North America. Dale earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. He holds a number of patents, is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and American Welding Society, has published several papers and spoken at numerous transit related events throughout the world.