The Electric Bus Learning Project conducts what is reportedly the state’s first-ever electric school bus tour. The project aims to educate school and public transportation operators on various aspects of electrification.
Logan Bus Co.’s Type C is part of a larger bus repowering project that includes Amply Power, which provides charging support, and Unique Electric Solutions, which converts the diesel vehicles to electric.
Maryland, New York, and California districts skip the typical small-scale purchase of one or two electric buses for a pilot and plot complete fleet transitions. Plans include funding and making the undertaking budget neutral.
Some components under the hood, such as hoses and coolant, are the same. Key differences include the need to disable batteries during repairs, a noise generator, and significantly fewer parts in an electric motor.
Two school districts and one bus company weigh in on lessons learned during operation. They recommend planning to expand infrastructure, keeping range and charging in mind, and prioritizing driver training.
The second-largest school district in the U.S. orders 10 LionC buses. Meanwhile, a Missouri district receives the state's first electric school bus.
Partnering with a power source can save a fleet operation on costs and energy consumption
With the delivery of the LionC buses, Twin Rivers Unified School District has expanded the electric-powered portion of its fleet by 25%.
JFK Transportation in Santa Ana recently held a “Paint A Bus” contest with the theme “2020 Through the Eyes of a Student” and created wraps of the winning artwork for some of its buses.
Activities of note included a briefing with law enforcement, distributing illuminated wristbands, and events recognizing bus drivers and monitors.
McDonald, the director of transportation for Orange (Calif.) Unified School District, has devoted her career to improving pupil transportation at the local, state, and national levels.
Oliver, a transportation programs consultant for the California Department of Education, discusses the importance of a plan outlining details for identifying COVID-19 symptoms, considerations for special-needs students, and the state’s new online training.
School Bus Fleet’s recent webinar, “Guidance on Compliance: Regulations and Mitigating Risk as Schools Reopen,” is now available online.
A First Student location in New Hampshire and districts in Washington and California are among those using school buses to form “2020” in honor of seniors, who cannot take part in a traditional ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Twin Rivers Unified School District in California is working with Electriphi on charging management and data collection as it plans to transition to an all-electric bus fleet.