Thomas Built Buses and Proterra (NASDAQ: PTRA) unveiled their Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley electric school bus back in 2018 , and there are now more than 300 units on the road. Now the companies have announced that the Jouleys have driven more than one million miles for school districts across North America.
This may be just the beginning. School buses, with their light duty cycles and predictable schedules, are often cited as an ideal use case for electrification, and unprecedented amounts of federal funding will soon become available under the EPA’s Clean School Bus program.
The Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley uses Proterra Powered’s battery technology. It has total battery capacity of 226 kWh, and offers up to 135 miles of range. TBB and Proterra offer school bus operators a comprehensive, turn-key EV program that includes planning and funding consultation, electric school buses, charging systems, and charging infrastructure design and installation.
“Reaching one million miles with our C2 Jouley is a testament to the continued success of our best-in-class electric product and partnership with Proterra,” said Nick Rini, Director of the Freightliner Specialty Vehicles eMobility Group. “Together, we are paving the way for a cleaner and more efficient future for our kids, communities and the transportation industry.”
“Surpassing one million miles driven by Proterra Powered electric school buses is a major achievement on the road to an all-electric, emissions-free future,” said Chris Bailey, President of Proterra Powered & Energy. “With zero tailpipe emissions, Proterra Powered school buses are contributing to cleaner air and healthier communities.”