The major engine manufacturer will purchase Efficient Drivetrains Inc., which is supplying powertrains for forthcoming electric school bus models.
The state earmarks $130 million for electric buses. The mitigation funding is expected to become available starting in early 2019.
National Express will operate the eLions for White Plains City School District. Other pilot partners include Con Edison and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
The California Energy Commission will award up to $78.7 million to replace aging buses, $13 million for electric vehicle infrastructure, and $2.4 million for CNG fueling infrastructure.
Four school bus operators from four states find common ground in dealing with driver shortage, tapping into the benefits of GPS and video cameras, and assessing fuel options. For the most part, they’re sticking with diesel for now, but one is seeing success with an electric bus.
Creative Bus Sales' order for a total of 100 electric buses, 10 of which are school buses, is the largest to date for GreenPower.
The manufacturer launches its eLionM, its new electric midi-minibus, and shares plans to unveil the eLionA this summer.
The dealership signs a three-year agreement with the electric bus OEM and orders an initial 15 buses for inventory.
Electric school buses are becoming more prominent in pupil transportation as the "Big 3" manufacturers release their own models and tour them, and pilots see positive results.
Diesel has long been the foremost fuel when it comes to large school buses, but there was a noteworthy shift in 2017 as gasoline Type C school buses came into the picture. Propane was the most popular alternative fuel.
The bus utilizes Motiv’s Electric Powered Intelligent Chassis, based on the Ford E-450 platform.
The school bus manufacturer features its All American RE Electric Type D and Micro Bird’s G5 Electric Type A at the Canadian Pupil Transportation Conference trade show.
Operators see reliable and quieter operation, fuel cost savings, and longer brake life. They recommend partnering with utility companies, installing charging infrastructure before receiving buses, and extensive driver training.