Thomas, Blue Bird and IC Bus introduce electric school buses

Three major school bus manufacturers – Thomas, Blue Bird and IC Bus – introduced battery-electric buses at the recent National Association for Pupil Transportation trade show in Columbus, Ohio.

Daimler subsidiary Thomas Built Buses introduced the Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric Bus, affectionately known as Jouley, which has a capacity of 81 passengers and is to go into production in 2019. Jouley features a PowerDrive 7000ev powertrain from Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), which provides 100-160 kWh of battery capacity and a baseline range of 100 miles. Additional battery packs can be added for more range.

The Blue Bird Vision Electric Type C school bus uses a powertrain from ADOMANI, together with drivetrain and vehicle control software from EDI. It features a battery capacity of 150 kWh, up to 100 miles of range and a charging time under 8 hours. Blue Bird unveiled its Type D All American Rear-Engine Electric school bus in July, powered by the same ADOMANI/EDI partnership.

The Navistar IC Electric Bus chargE is a concept vehicle developed with alliance partner Volkswagen Truck & Bus. Its powertrain can deliver up to 260 kW of power (349 peak hp), and a range of at least 120 miles. The company expects to launch its first unit in 2019.


Source: Daimler

  • mipak

    So much better for our kids! Want to know why there is so much Dementia and Autism today? It’s all that diesel pollutants spewing out of school buses, RTD buses, Trains, Semi’s, Ford, GM and Dodge diesel trucks, etc, etc, etc. What a better world it will be when big oil is dead and buried.

  • Cory Groshek

    I see you Daimler, you sneaky devil! šŸ˜‰