The new buses are part of the California Energy Commission's $94 million school bus replacement program to help pupil transportation providers replace more than 200 diesel school buses throughout the state.
As electric buses become a more feasible option for pupil transporters, operators in the U.S. and Canada are noting various benefits, including charging efficiency, fuel savings, and the need for consistent maintenance training.
A transportation director works with a local college on an electric school bus repair program for high school students as the need for technicians to maintain these alt-fuel buses is forecasted to grow significantly.
Central Unified School District’s two new buses have a 100-mile range on a full battery charge, according to the district.
The operator will begin running a total of 14 LionC buses in Montreal's North Shore starting in 2019.
Nicholas Voisard brings nearly a decade of management experience in the industry to the electric school bus manufacturer.
Malinda Sandhu brings more than 10 years of industry experience to the electric school bus manufacturer.
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 manufacturer launches its eLionM, its new electric midi-minibus, and shares plans to unveil the eLionA this summer.
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.
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.
Thirteen school bus operators receive funding for an electric school bus and charging infrastructure from the Ontario Electric School Bus Pilot Program.
Tony Watkins and Nate Baguio join Lion as the electric school bus manufacturer expands its vehicle lineup.