Daimler, the parent company of Thomas Built Buses, recently made a major investment in electric bus maker Proterra. Now the two companies have unveiled an electric school bus featuring Proterra’s powertrain.
Thomas originally presented the Saf-T-Liner eC2, aka Jouley, in late 2017. The latest version is being co-developed at Proterra’s Greenville, South Carolina manufacturing facility. Few technical details have been released, but Daimler says Jouley can be recharged using the CCS standard at 60 kW in three hours, which suggests a battery capacity of about 180 kWh.
“School buses provide critical community infrastructure and are an excellent application for vehicle electrification,” said Proterra CEO Ryan Popple. “We’re pleased to work with an industry leader like Thomas Built Buses to unveil a high-performance electric school bus that reduces our children’s exposure to diesel emissions.”