Alternative Fuels

California School District Orders 2 GreenPower Electric School Buses

Thomas McMahon
Posted on February 20, 2018
Two GreenPower Synapse 72 all-electric school buses are expected to be delivered to Rialto Unified School District this summer.
Two GreenPower Synapse 72 all-electric school buses are expected to be delivered to Rialto Unified School District this summer.

RIALTO, Calif. — The Rialto Unified School District will soon add a pair of electric school buses from GreenPower to its fleet.

The district, located in Southern California’s San Bernardino County, is tapping in to regional air quality grant funding for the purchase of two Synapse 72 all-electric buses.

“The Rialto Unified School District is excited to add alternative fuel vehicles to our fleet,” said Mohammad Z. Islam, associate superintendent of business services. “Our partnership with GreenPower and with the South Coast Air Quality Management District, who provided grant funding, will enable our district to serve our students’ needs in an environmentally friendly manner.”

Rialto operates a fleet of 68 school buses, transporting students to and from 29 schools.

The district ordered the new GreenPower electric models through School Bus Sales of California. GreenPower said it expects to deliver the buses this summer.

“There is an opportunity to accelerate Rialto’s electrification strategy with deployments of GreenPower’s Synapse 72 school bus,” said Brendan Riley, president of the electric bus OEM. “This is a strategic win for GreenPower as our new Los Angeles sales office is located near the Rialto Unified School District, so we’ll be able to show customers our products in action.”

Related Topics: alternative fuels, California, electric bus, GreenPower Motor Co.

Thomas McMahon Executive Editor
Comments ( 3 )
  • Brendan Riley

     | about 8 months ago

    Kodie, All GreenPower products meet all DOT requirements and are FMVSS compliant. The School buses that will be delivered in CA are also California title 13 compliant. These school buses are built on a space frame truss chassis and have an integrated body (monocoque) build. They have traction control, ABS and ASR with 4 wheel disk brakes. Our position is that they are the strongest and safest school buses available anywhere!

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