The Blue Bird electric bus road tour is heading to Florida and Canada following an April stop in New York, giving customers a chance to see the company’s Type C and Type D electric-powered buses in person.
Blue Bird unveiled its new electric buses last year at the school bus industry’s national trade shows, and it’s stayed busy since then bringing the buses to the market in “record time,” the company said.
“It’s our tradition to be first-to-market in offering exciting, innovative and differentiated products that customers want and value,” said Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation.
“Our electric buses complete our alternative-fuel vehicle line-up and we’re committed to continued growth in the fastest growing segment of the business.”
After kicking off its national customer Ride & Drive event in January in seven markets in California, the Blue Bird electric Type D bus made stops in Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and Ohio. It was scheduled to stop April 10 in Plainview, NY, before heading south for a May 11 appearance in Lakeland, FL.
“After the outstanding response we saw in California, Blue Bird is excited to showcase our electric school buses to customers and drivers across North America, not as concept vehicles, but as a preview of our production buses later this fall,” Horlock said.
“As both the pioneer and undisputed leader in alternative fuels, we are delighted to expand our ‘green’ product offering by adding electric bus options in both Type C and D body styles. Our electric buses have received an Executive Order from the California Air Resources Board and both HVIP and TVIP listing, which qualify Blue Bird’s electric buses for grants available in California and New York, respectively.”
Ride & Drive customers include school districts, fleet operators, air-quality authorities and utility companies, who gave unanimously enthusiastic feedback on the whisper-quiet ride, smooth acceleration and handling.
Blue Bird expects to begin deliveries of its new buses in late summer or early fall.
Key Attributes of Blue Bird’s first-to-market electric-powered school buses:
· Available in Blue Bird Vision (Type C) and All American (Type D) models
· Zero emissions – cleanest drivetrain available
· 160kWh lithium-ion battery capacity provides expected 100-120 mile range on a single charge
· Limited seven-year battery warranty
· Portable, standard charging station can recharge on a single shift or overnight
· Power and acceleration better than a conventional bus
· Low maintenance and service requirements; no transmission
· Telematics and remote monitoring capability available
· High-powered Vehicle-to-Grid capability coming in 2019, supported by DoE development grant
For more information on the Blue Bird Electric Tour, Blue Bird’s electric bus offerings, as well as other Blue Bird alternative fueled buses, visit www.blue-bird.com.