35 electric school buses for California
Specifically, 25 units of the Mega BEAST school bus will go to the Montebello School District, and another 10 BEAST school buses will go to the Garden Grove School District. The buses are paid for by the California HVIP programme and the EPA Clean School Bus Programme.
The BEAST is a 40-foot Type D school bus with room for up to 90 passengers. The Mega BEAST, launched at the end of October, comes with a 387 kWh battery, allowing the school bus to complete up to 300 miles on one charge. According to GreenPower, it also has Vehicle-to-Grind (V2G) capabilities.
The buses will be delivered via GreenPower’s exclusive California dealer Model 1 (formerly Creative Bus Sales), which also officially ordered the above-mentioned units.
“GreenPower’s school buses are a great fit for school districts implementing EVs in California. The passenger capacity and variable battery range options available deliver a path to meet school’s operational needs,” says Jason Hohalek, School Bus Sales Manager for Model 1. “With these buses qualifying for California HVIP vouchers, air quality management district grants, VW funding and the EPA Clean School Bus Program, school districts are able to fund the transition to a cleaner, safer ride.”
Just last month, California State Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill requiring all new school buses purchased after 2035 to be zero-emission. At the time, the US state reported that there were about 23,800 school buses on the road in California. About 500 are already electric, and 2,078 electric buses have been ordered.