Blue Bird is delivering 60 Vision electric school buses to Broward County Public Schools (BCPS). This represents Blue Bird’s largest e-bus fleet sale to date.
Blue Bird’s Vision electric school bus can carry 72 students, and has a range of up to 120 miles.
BCPS is the sixth largest public school system in the US, serving more than 254,000 students and 110,000 adult learners. The agency maintains a bus fleet of more than 1,200 vehicles, including 515 Blue Bird buses.
BCPS received a nearly $15-million grant from Florida’s Diesel Emissions Mitigation Program, which is funded by the state’s Volkswagen Settlement and the EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act. Florida Power & Light is providing the vehicle charging infrastructure.
Blue Bird electric buses come standard with vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability, which will enable BCPS to coordinate with local utilities to manage vehicle charging and return stored energy back to the grid as needed. V2G programs can lower the overall cost of electric buses for school districts.
“This project has been in development for several years, and we’re thankful to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Power & Light for providing the essential funding and infrastructure to make it possible,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. Earlean Smiley.
Source: Blue Bird