SEA Electric and Midwest Transit Equipment (MTE), a major US bus dealer, have partnered to update 10,000 school buses with battery-electric power-systems. The deal will cover both Type A and Type C school buses, and deliveries will take place over the next five years.
The buses will be powered by SEA Electric’s SEA-Drive power system. SEA says repowering the nearly-new buses will extend their service life by at least ten years. MTE says it will be able to deliver two to three repowered buses at the same price as one new electric bus.
Each bus will have full vehicle-to-grid capabilities.
“The secondary use of school buses fitted with all-electric drivetrains makes a lot of sense—it keeps costs down, opens up considerable availability, and creates green jobs right here in the US, all while making a difference in the environment and the health of the communities we serve,” said Mike Menyhart, President—Americas and Chief Strategy Officer at SEA Electric.
Source: SEA Electric