Moreno Valley electrifies school buses


In California, USA, 42 electric school buses and an EV charging infrastructure will be deployed with a project from InCharge Energy, Creative Bus Sales and IC Bus. The project has now been approved by the Moreno Valley Unified School District (MVUSD).

The partners say that this initiative represents the largest electric school bus purchase in California. The fleet will serve more than 31,000 students from 42 schools.

IC Bus and Creative Bus Sales will supply the school district with 42-passenger IC electric buses. According to the IC Bus website, the Electric CE Series offers two battery options for the longest single-charge range in the industry, as well as three levels of driver-selectable regenerative braking, AC/DC charging readiness, and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability.

InCharge Energy will install and maintain 43 ABB Terra 24 kW DC fast chargers and begin work on the EV charging infrastructure in April. According to the school district, all 42 buses will be transporting students by the start of the new school year.

The partners in the project point out, that among many other advantages such as fuel costs savings and eliminating noise pollution, the project will mean cleaner air for the Moreno Valley, which currently suffers an “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” rating on the Air Quality Index. Moreno Valley is part of the larger greater Los Angeles area.

“This electric bus project is vital to our students’ futures and it would not have been possible without the help of InCharge Energy, Creative Bus Sales and IC Bus,” said Jim Burleson, Director of Transportation for the Moreno Valley Unified School District (MVUSD).

“We’re excited to partner with MVUSD and many other industries and school districts on large-scale electrification projects like this, which will help solve some of the social inequalities and community health challenges that result from our current high-polluting transportation model,” said Terry O’Day, COO of InCharge Energy. “With this school bus fleet transition for Moreno Valley, we hope other school districts see the positive impacts on the community and start the process to electrify their own bus fleets. There are plenty of resources to help school districts begin this journey – and save money from the outset.”



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