The San Diego-based vehicle-to-grid (V2G) specialist Nuvve and electric school bus manufacturer Blue Bird have announced the launch of Blue Bird’s ‘Vision Type C’ and ‘All American Type D’ electric school buses compatible with Nuvve’s V2G technology across the USA.
Both of the electric school bus variants come equipped with standard CCS connectors, which are V2G capable and can feed the power from the 155 kWh batteries in both directions. Should the bus not need to cover the full 120 miles of range, the power will not go to waste.
“We now have standard products, both from charging station OEMs and electric bus manufacturers who are reputable market leaders, that will allow us to scale and ramp up V2G installations across the nation,” says Gregory Poilasne, chairman and CEO of Nuvve Corporation. “Electric school buses that are V2G-enabled have the potential to play a critical role to help stabilise the electric grid.”
Nuvve’s most recent 60 kW V2G DC CCS charging station, a complete charge is possible in about 3 hours. This of course also meets the relevant local interconnection regulations, as well as the UL-1741-SA certification requirements specifically mandated for California V2G installations.
The technological upgrade follows Blue Bird’s 100th electric bus delivery in April of this year, which clearly prompted the company to consider their next steps in technological development. Nuvve has also been expanding the scope of their charging stations and launched a cooperation with the French EDF to develop V2G capable chargers for the European market.
“We believe bringing new cutting-edge technology to the school transportation market is essential so that children can travel in the cleanest, quietest, and safest vehicles on the road,” said Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation. “V2G has the ability to make our electric school buses more affordable to districts. Our collaboration will be key to developing the future of clean transportation.”
Including reporting from Carrie Hampel