Julian Soell has been appointed as president of Proterra Transit business unit effective May 2, 2022.

As president of Proterra Transit, “Julian Soell will oversee Proterra’s growing business as the leading manufacturer of electric transit buses in North America. In his role, Julian will report directly to Proterra’s Chief Executive Officer Gareth Joyce”, Proterra says in a press note announcing the appointment.

Proterra has over 800 vehicles on the road today in North America. Proterra recently announced that starting in 2023, the 40-foot Proterra ZX5 Max electric transit bus can be equipped with up to 738 kilowatt hours (kWh) of onboard energy.

Julian Soell new president at Proterra Transit

The group adds that Julian brings nearly 30 years of automotive and operational experience to Proterra and joins the company after most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer at Repairify, a high-growth global leader in automotive service, technology and business insights solutions. Previously, he held engineering leadership roles at automotive companies including Mercedes Benz USA and Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Outside of the automotive industry, Julian has also held large operational and customer service roles at Delta Air Lines.

Julian Soell holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

“Julian brings a wealth of operational and customer service experience to Proterra and we are thrilled to welcome him to our team. Public transit is at the forefront of electrification. Under Julian’s leadership, we look forward to building on Proterra Transit’s strong foundation to further scale our production and deliver industry-leading EV fleet solutions to help transit agencies achieve their zero-emission goals,” said Gareth Joyce, Proterra CEO.

“I’m delighted to join Proterra at this incredibly exciting and important moment for transportation electrification. I want my kids and their kids to be able to see the world as I have or even better; with clean air, sustainable energy and a bright future for us all. I look forward to working with the Proterra Transit team, our transit agency customers and partners to advance this essential work,” said Julian Soell.

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