US bus maker Blue Bird has received all required certifications for its electric school buses which are now in pre-production. The company also opened the order books and their EVs qualify for grants available in California and New York respectively.
The Blue Bus powertrain was developed together with Adomani and EDI, thus clarifying which school bus supplier EDI is working with as part of the a 4.4 million dollar DOE programme for electric school buses (see earlier post).
In particular, the electric school buses feature the EDI PowerDrive 7000 EV drivetrain system. With up to 160 kWh lithium-ion battery packs, the buses are expected to deliver up to 120 mile range.
Vehicle-to-Grid capability is coming in 2019, supported by said US Department of Energy (DOE) development grant.
The buses exceed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards with Colorado Racking and Kentucky Pole Test certification standard on every Blue Bird bus.