Traffic congestion in Carolina cities often spurs debate on the best solutions move people across our region. While buses are arguably one of the most efficient methods, the growth of this type of public transportation may be held back by public perceptions and stigma. Proterra, Inc. President & CEO Ryan Popple leads a company working to disrupt how people perceive public transit while also selling an alternative to diesel buses. On this program, we examine the development of battery-powered vehicles and why varying energy policies and fuel costs could be an driver in the business of alternative energy products. Bill Kirkland of the Office of Economic Engagement at the University of South Carolina and Joe Milazzo of Raleigh’s Regional Transportation Alliance join the conversation.
Tags: Bill Kirkland, Economic Development, Energy Policy, Energy Technology, Entrepreneurs, Gas Tax, Infrastructure, Innovation, Joe Milazzo, Logistics, Mass Transit, North Carolina, Office of Economic Engagement, Productivity, Proterra, Public Policy, Regional Transportation Alliance, Research and Development, Ryan Popple, South Carolina, Tesla, Toll Roads, Traffic Congestion, Transportation Funding, University of South Carolina, USC Business Incubator