Pegasus Specialty Vehicles announced the first order of its Pegasus Valkyrie Multifunction School Activity Bus (MFSAB). Hudson Bus Sales of Cleburne, Texas, submitted a purchase order for 200 Class A MFSABs with the new VIA Motors VTrux platform. This is the first order commitment from a dealer from the 2,000 chassis commitment Pegasus made with VIA Motors.
Setting the Standard With a Purpose-Built EV Chassis
School Bus Fleet first shared about Pegasus' order of Class 3 VIA electric cutaway chasis cabs from VIA Motors in September 2022. A Pegasus bus on a VIA cutaway will feature all-wheel drive and industry-leading low floor height and turning radius.
"I am extremely happy that Hudson Bus has made the commitment to the VIA chassis with Pegasus," Pegasus President Brian Barrington said. "We hear a lot in the industry about vertically integrated and the such; we prefer purpose-built. VIA provides a chassis that is purpose-built from the ground up to be EV. It provides us with a great platform at a great price point. Obviously we feel very strongly that this chassis will set the standard, in terms of performance and reliability."
The VIA chassis is set to begin production in 2024. The Hudson Bus Sales units will be the first production, purpose-built EV MFSAB, according to a press release from Pegasus.