Thomas Built Buses (TBB), a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America, together with vehicle dealer Sonny Merryman and commercial EV manufacturer Proterra, recently celebrated the delivery of the 50th Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley battery-electric school bus. The milestone delivery went to Loudon County Public Schools in Virginia as part of Dominion Energy’s Electric School Bus Initiative.
TBB and Proterra unveiled the Jouley electric school bus in 2018, and several are now in operation at school districts around the US. In Virginia, TBB and Sonny Merryman were selected as the exclusive providers of 50 Jouleys to 15 public school districts. The first were delivered in November of 2020.
In Michigan, Ann Arbor and Roseville Public Schools are operating 6 Jouleys in partnership with DTE Energy, which is also performing a Vehicle to Grid (V2G) study to obtain data regarding the energy efficiency and environmental benefits of EVs.
In Massachusetts, the City of Beverly recently unveiled its first Jouley, which will participate in a V2G strategy deployed by Highland Electric Transportation and utility provider National Grid.
In Alaska, Tok Transportation is operating a Jouley, the first battery-electric school bus in the state, in partnership with the Alaska Energy Authority.
In Indiana, Monroe County Community Schools and Delphi Community Schools both recently received their first Thomas Built electric school buses.
The Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley’s Proterra Powered electric drivetrain provides 226 kWh of total energy capacity, and enables a range up to 135 miles.
TBB and Proterra offer school bus operators a comprehensive, turn-key program that includes not only the buses and charging systems, but also planning and funding consultation as well as infrastructure design and installation.
“With demand for electric school buses coming from all levels, including state and federal government, utilities, and school divisions, this will be the first of many significant milestones for the deployment of Jouley school buses,” said Sonny Merryman CEO Floyd Merryman.