Former Blue Bird Chief Engineer Mike Boggess Joins Proterra

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Mike Boggess has joined the growing technical engineering team at Proterra, a provider of heavy-duty electric transportation.

Boggess, appointed vice president of controls and electrical and thermal systems, has three decades of engineering experience in the transportation and vehicle industries. Most recently, he was chief engineer for drivetrain, electrical and chassis at Blue Bird Corp., where he led the launch of the company’s electrified school bus.

In his new role at Proterra, Boggess will be responsible for driving the company’s technology roadmap and program launch efforts and will lead cost and reliability improvement projects in these areas. Some of the technology programs directly under his supervision will include vehicle range modeling, depot charging simulation, product telemetry, customer vehicle controls, electrical and thermal efficiency, and autonomy.

Prior to Blue Bird, Boggess was system engineering manager for powertrain and active chassis at Fiat Chrysler. He was also systems engineering supervisor at Chrysler Group, where he developed the engine technology roadmap for Chrysler Group products. At Daimler Chrysler, Boggess was also the team lead for charging and ignition systems. In addition, he has experience as an engineer at General Motors Corp. Boggess is the owner of six patents for features including battery charging algorithms, electronic ignition hardware/software and contactless position sensing.

“Proterra is revolutionizing the transit industry with purpose-built electric vehicles, charging systems and batteries, and I’m thrilled to be joining the team,” says Boggess. “I am a big fan of Proterra buses and am looking forward to building on Proterra’s record of excellence.”

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