New York City School Bus Umbrella Services (NYCSBUS) has selected The Mobility House to manage charging and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) operations for a major school bus electrification project. NYCSBUS, which received an $8-million grant from NYSERDA for the program, will use The Mobility House’s energy management system, ChargePilot, to optimize infrastructure planning and operation for 30 electric school buses deployed at the Bronx’s Zerega Avenue depot.
ChargePilot adjusts the charging rate of electric buses according to real-time travel schedules as well as local utility rates, in order to deliver charging at the lowest cost to the district. The Mobility House’s modeling estimates NYCSBUS will save $70,000 to $160,000 annually with managed smart charging.
ChargePilot will also support bidirectional charging operations, which are eventually expected to provide additional revenue for the district, and to provide local energy resilience.
The Mobility House and partners will gather data from this project, which NYCSBUS will use as it works towards its goal of electrifying its 850 school buses by 2030.
Matt Berlin, CEO of NYCSBUS, says the project will “serve as the blueprint for how to rapidly scale school bus electrification in New York to meet the state’s ambitious goals.”
“The vehicle-to-grid integration aspect of this project is particularly exciting, as it will demonstrate how electric school bus batteries can strengthen energy security and community resilience,” said Sue Gander, Director of the Electric School Bus Initiative at project partner the World Resources Institute.
Source: The Mobility House