Biden Repeatedly Praised Electric Vehicle Maker Proterra … It Just Filed For Bankruptcy

Written by K. Walker on August 10, 2023

NOTE: This article may include commentary reflecting the author’s position.

Just two years in office and Biden has his own version of Solyndra.

It was only a year ago that President Biden had boasted that Proterra, a company that manufactures electric buses as well as battery packs, was “getting us in the game” in the EV market.

It looks like that dream has fizzled now that Proterra has filed for bankruptcy.

Electric-vehicle parts supplier Proterra (PTRA.O) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, making it the latest company to go belly up in an industry grappling with supply chain constraints, slowing demand and a funding drought…
…Proterra, whose shares nearly halved in value after the bell, listed its assets and liabilities in the range of $500 million to $1 billion. The company had a market value of $362 million as of last close.
In January 2021, Proterra was valued at $1.6 billion, including debt, in a merger deal with a blank-check firm.
Source: Reuters

CEO Gareth Joyce explained in a statement after the announcement that Proterra has “faced various market and macroeconomic headwinds that have impacted our ability to efficiently scale.”

Biden promoted Proterra with a virtual tour in April 2021 even though his Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm held 240,000 shares in the company.

Biden was criticized for promoting Proterra and some critics compared it to the way that the Obama administration praised solar panel manufacturer Solyndra and guaranteed a $535 million loan only for the company to later file bankruptcy.

“President Biden’s decision to heavily promote a business where his energy secretary holds a multimillion-dollar stake has all the potential to be even worse than Solyndra. President Biden and Secretary Granholm should immediately remove themselves from their glaring conflict of interest,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told the Washington Free Beacon at the time.

With the Biden administration’s singular focus on axing fossil fuels and pushing “green” energy alternatives with incentives like federal grants and tax credits — including at least $5 billion in spending on electric buses alone — Proterra was poised to make a mint.

Last year, Proterra’s Chief Legal Officer, JoAnn Covington, said that tax credits and federal grants in Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act to convert buses from diesel to electric was a major incentive to companies like Proterra. Covington also said that grants to purchase electric buses and the creation of EV charging stations would “open up opportunities to accelerate adoption of battery-electric and zero-emissions vehicles to all the other commercial segments on the cusp of being electrified.”

In March of last year, he was still promoting Proterra, though Granholm had sold her shares in the company by then.

But that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t still a conflict… Proterra CEO Gareth Joyce was appointed to serve on the President’s Export Council.

The declaration marks a stunning downfall for Biden’s favorite green energy company. Biden took part in a virtual tour of a Proterra facility in April 2021 to promote his $1.9 trillion infrastructure plan, which included billions to boost the electric bus industry. Biden said during the event that Proterra was “getting us in the game” and predicted that Proterra and other electric vehicle companies would “end up owning the future.” He went on to praise Proterra in a March 2022 speech, and less than one year later, in February, the Democrat appointed Proterra CEO Gareth Joyce to serve on the President’s Export Council, which provides advice on international trade. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, meanwhile, held 240,000 shares in the company at the start of her tenure, prompting ethics concerns.
While Proterra shares tumbled more than 60 percent in after-hours trading Monday, Granholm will not have to worry about losing her investment. Granholm, who served on Proterra’s board of directors, sold the shares for $1.6 million in May 2021, weeks after Biden publicly touted the company. Granholm’s shares would be valued at just $340,000 based on Proterra’s current share price.
Source: Washington Free Beacon

The Biden admin is committed to promoting and funding these “green energy” companies… even if it costs Americans billions with nothing to show for it.

This is what happens when the administration is focused on one singular issue — “climate change” — to the exclusion of everything else.

That’s why they’re coming for your appliances and don’t care if the costs of filling up your car or heating your home continue to rise. You must suffer so that Mother Gaia can heal.


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ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker