Québec-based Lion Bus showed its eLion Type C electric school bus at the recent ACT Expo in Long Beach.
The eLion features a modular battery design that allows customers to customize the range depending on their route distance, charging availability and desired price. Options range from 50 miles of range with 3 battery modules up to 100 miles of range with 5 modules.
An onboard 19.2 kW charger can charge each 26 kWh battery module in 1.3 hours (e.g. 6.5 hours to charge a 5-battery-module bus).
The cost of an electric school bus can range from $200,000 to $300,000, but governments, air districts and school districts offer a complex array of rebates that can add up to as much as $110,000 per bus (in California, naturally).