Largest Electric School Bus Program In United States Launching In Virginia

  1. Welcome to GM Inside News Forum – General discussion forum for GM

    Welcome to GM Inside News Forum - a website dedicated to all things GM.

    You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, at no cost, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, Join GM Inside News Forum today!
     
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Largest Electric School Bus Program In United States Launching In Virginia

  1. #1
    R2-D2 Astromech Droid Premium Member Neanderthal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    A sunny cave in Transylvania
    Posts
    35,152
    Thanks
    9,572
    Thanked 7,832 Times in 4,716 Posts
    My Ride
    17 Soul&/01 PT LTD/15 JD130

    Largest Electric School Bus Program In United States Launching In Virginia

    January 12th, 2020 by Cynthia Shahan

    Dominion Energy has partnered with local Virginia school districts to begin replacing diesel buses with 100% electric school buses in phases. No phase can come too soon, so CleanTechnica wishes all school districts a rapid rollout after the initial 50 launch the program. Children are more sensitive to air pollution than adults, and it hurts them and their studies.

    Thomas Built Buses Inc (TBB) has been selected as the provider of all 50 of the initial electric school buses. These buses are supposed to go into operation this year. This will already be the largest deployment of electric school buses in the United States. After 2020, Dominion Energy will add 200 electric school buses per year for the next 5 years, with the goal being to reach a 50% electric bus fleet — 1,000 electric school buses — by 2025. The aim is to reach 100% electric school buses by 2030.

    @DominionEnergy
    Less than 1% of school buses in the United States are electric, but that's changing.


    Fleets of electric school buses are being tested to store power for the grid
    With 480,000 school buses on the roads, the impact could be huge.

    Air quality inside the buses is reportedly 6× better than in non-EV buses.

    New Vehicle-to-Grid Technology
    The benefits of the buses go beyond clean transportation and greatly reduced pollution. The buses can be used as batteries for the grid or for electricity use off the grid as well. Dominion Energy shares, “When not in use, they can be tapped as an energy resource through vehicle-to-grid technology. If energy needs are high or if renewable resources are intermittent, the batteries can provide stability to the grid. During a power outage or emergency, the batteries could serve as mobile power stations.”

    1,050 electric buses could provide enough energy to power 10,000+ homes.

    Increased Safety
    Going another step further, the electric buses provide more child and driver safety than previous buses. “Electric buses are quiet, allowing for better communication between drivers and students,” Dominion Energy adds. “Every bus is equipped with a seatbelt for each student.”

    Cutting Maintenance Costs
    As everyone who has had an electric car knows, electric vehicles require very little maintenance. They don’t need oil changes or muffler fixes, and they’re unlikely to need new brakes before you’re done with the vehicle. Here’s a list of more specific benefits from Dominion:

    Reduce operation & maintenance costs for schools by 60%
    Lower cost + Less maintenance
    Equivalent of 17 MPG compared to 6 MPG for diesel
    Charging stations & infrastructure provided at no cost to school
    One bus reduces C02 emissions by 54,000 pounds each year
    50 buses reduces emissions by 2.7 million pounds
    Replacing 1,050 buses over 5 years with new electric ones will reduce emissions by 810 million pounds, the equivalent to taking 78,000 cars off the road!

    TBB’s all-electric Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley provides better vehicle quality, durability, performance, safety, and comfort. Beyond being sustainable, the investment in all-electric buses will provide the school system with financial savings.

    It is nice to see major companies like this providing long-term transit solutions. “Jouley is powered by Proterra® electric vehicle technology and configured with 220 kWh of total energy capacity, a two-speed transmission and a TBB-estimated operating range of up to 134 miles. TBB is the only school bus manufacturer to offer DC fast charging architecture as standard equipment. Jouley can charge in about three hours with the Proterra 60kW DC fast charging system and can supply power back to the power grid using vehicle to grid (V2G) technology.”

    “TBB offers electrical infrastructure project management and a comprehensive turnkey solution for EV integration. Known as the Electric Bus Authority Program, Thomas Built Buses works one-on-one with customers through the entire EV planning and implementation process.”

    It is my belief that electric school buses are the top priority and accomplishment for electric vehicle technology. Many, such as the Sierra Club, believe school buses to be the most necessary transportation solution, along with mass-transit options. There is simply no other community that needs electric transit, zero emissions, and carbon neutral transit more. We need to protect our child’s daily breath, and the future of their lives.

    Listen to the student educators who know emission-free transit is the only way forward for their generation.

    We sail for home!

    @GretaThunberg
    “We don’t want these things done by 2050, 2030 or even 2021, we want this done now – as in right now.”

    It’s a new decade, from now on every day will be crucial. I write with 20 other young activists. These are our demands for the #WorldEconomicForum :https://www.google.se/amp/s/amp.theg...climate-crisis


    Greta Thunberg: At Davos we will tell world leaders to abandon the fossil fuel economy
    Averting catastrophe would be the best business decision to emerge from the economic forum in its 50 years of existence, says climate activist Greta Thunberg and others

    Proterra CEO Ryan Popple agrees, “Electric school buses remain one of the best applications for electric vehicle technology. The all-electric Jouley incorporates Proterra’s highest standards of battery safety and validation along with industry-leading onboard energy storage for electric school bus fleets.”

    For more information on converting to electric school buses, visit Thomas Built’s Electric Bus Authority Program. For more information on Dominion Energy’s electric school bus program, visit www.DominionEnergy.com/electricschoolbuses.

    https://cleantechnica.com/2020/01/12...g-in-virginia/
    2017 Soul &, Titanium

    Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.--Unattributed

    "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."--Benjamin Franklin

    "The freedom of Speech may be taken away, and, dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter."--George Washington

    Hidden Content

  2. The Following User Says Thank You to Neanderthal For This Useful Post:

    Tiocfaidh ar la (01-13-2020)

  3. Remove Advertisements
    GM Inside News
    Advertisements
     

  4. #2
    3.0 Liter SIDI V6 Bigdog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    686
    Thanks
    35
    Thanked 347 Times in 162 Posts
    My Ride
    14 A/T 6.2 BEAST MODE

    Re: Largest Electric School Bus Program In United States Launching In Virginia

    Hopefully electrical school busses fair better then the police departments dip into the electrical waters as police vehicles they are proving rather worthless already. I see all these great pluses like reduced maintenance and increased efficiency but if it were only good benefits here these would of been used long long ago. It all sounds great on paper like it did for police departments until it came time to actual use them!

  5. The Following User Says Thank You to Bigdog For This Useful Post:

    Neanderthal (01-14-2020)

  6. #3
    6.2 Liter LS9 Supercharged V8 richmond2000's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Winterpeg
    Posts
    9,127
    Thanks
    11,227
    Thanked 1,921 Times in 1,363 Posts
    My Ride
    2014 RAM 1500 HEMI

    Re: Largest Electric School Bus Program In United States Launching In Virginia

    all the school bus OEMS make electric busses by converting petrol/diesel busses
    so for a school board garage POV they are the same outside of the drivetrain
    and everybody I know that HAS RUN electric busses are HAPPY with them as LONG as the mains power is sufficient to charge ALL THE BUSSES at once AND fuel busses are USED for long haul / rural route

    Lion Electric in Canada has started making ELECTRIC school busses and do NOT MAKE any fuel powered busses + CUMMINS POWERSYSTEMS / Volvo-Penta have all shown EV "solutions" for mid duty / heavy duty chassis

  7. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to richmond2000 For This Useful Post:

    Neanderthal (01-14-2020),nota (01-15-2020)

  8. Remove Advertisements
    GM Inside News
    Advertisements
     

  9. #4
    09W
    09W is offline
    2.8 Liter Turbocharged V6 09W's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    793
    Thanks
    276
    Thanked 525 Times in 292 Posts

    Re: Largest Electric School Bus Program In United States Launching In Virginia

    Last year a similar article let slip that while the maintenance costs are (slightly) less (school buses only travel 12K/yr on average) the cost to PURCHASE an EV bus is around QUADRUPLE the cost of a diesel bus. Couple that with the common regulated bus lifespan of 12 years, and the total cost of an EV bus fleet over time is MULTIPLE TIMES higher.

  10. The Following User Says Thank You to 09W For This Useful Post:

    Neanderthal (01-15-2020)

  11. #5
    Walking
    Join Date
    Jan 2020
    Posts
    8
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Re: Largest Electric School Bus Program In United States Launching In Virginia

    That would be a sight to see. I've never seen huge electric buses before.

  12. #6
    6.2 Liter LS9 Supercharged V8 richmond2000's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Winterpeg
    Posts
    9,127
    Thanks
    11,227
    Thanked 1,921 Times in 1,363 Posts
    My Ride
    2014 RAM 1500 HEMI

    Re: Largest Electric School Bus Program In United States Launching In Virginia

    Quote Originally Posted by amentyla View Post
    That would be a sight to see. I've never seen huge electric buses before.
    they LOOK like a "NORMAL" front engine" school bus just have electric drive under the hood and batteries under the floor

    https://thelionelectric.com/en/products/electric

    https://www.blue-bird.com/buses/electric-school-buses

  13. #7
    R2-D2 Astromech Droid Premium Member Neanderthal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    A sunny cave in Transylvania
    Posts
    35,152
    Thanks
    9,572
    Thanked 7,832 Times in 4,716 Posts
    My Ride
    17 Soul&/01 PT LTD/15 JD130

    Re: Largest Electric School Bus Program In United States Launching In Virginia

    Quote Originally Posted by 09W View Post
    Last year a similar article let slip that while the maintenance costs are (slightly) less (school buses only travel 12K/yr on average) the cost to PURCHASE an EV bus is around QUADRUPLE the cost of a diesel bus. Couple that with the common regulated bus lifespan of 12 years, and the total cost of an EV bus fleet over time is MULTIPLE TIMES higher.
    Shush now! How dare you compare do-gooder wet dreams with mundane issues like wasting the extracted income of the peasantry? Peasants don't know how to properly spend their income.

    Look at all that carbon!! Oh, the humanity!!

    And after all, hominids ARE carbon units.
    2017 Soul &, Titanium

    Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.--Unattributed

    "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."--Benjamin Franklin

    "The freedom of Speech may be taken away, and, dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter."--George Washington

    Hidden Content

  14. Remove Advertisements
    GM Inside News
    Advertisements
     

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.1.2