AMPLY Power to manage charging of electric school buses in Palermo, California

AMPLY Power offers managed charging services to operators of EV fleets. Its newest customer is the Palermo Union Elementary School District in Northern California.

AMPLY helped to secure funding from the Butte County Air Quality Management District, and local utility PG&E provided charger rebates and “make ready” EVSE incentives, eliminating the need for any upfront investment by the school district.

AMPLY’s services for Palermo will include installing charging stations and onsite energy storage, warranty coverage, guaranteed uptime, a resilience plan and energy bill management.

Palermo’s electric bus fleet makes up 80 percent of its total fleet, and currently includes five Lion Type-C electric buses. The district plans to add a smaller Type-A Blue Bird electric bus this year.

The project’s hardware includes six 16.2 kW Level 2 chargers and approximately 700 kWh of battery storage.

AMPLY’s Charging-as-a-Service (CaaS) model relies on proprietary back-end software and operational methods to drive utility costs down by optimizing EV charging. The district expects electrification of its school buses to cut operating and fuel costs in half. It has contracted an energy rate of $0.10/kWh through AMPLY’s turnkey charging services—the equivalent of paying $1.19 a gallon to power its vehicles.

“Since most fleets have difficulty measuring the fiscal portion of energy usage, the ability to have full insight into a fixed rate allows for planning, financial management, and budgeting that opens the door to scale zero-emission initiatives,” said AMPLY founder and CEO Vic Shao. “With off-peak charging rates as high as 19 cents a kilowatt-hour, and on-peak as high at 39 cents, the school district now has the peace of mind that it won’t be hit with unexpectedly high utility bills.”

“While transitioning to electric can be intimidating and costly, AMPLY’s comprehensive and scalable charge management services are taking the planning and management burden off our staff,” said Carlos Aguilar, Director of Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation for the district.

Source: AMPLY Power

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