‘America’s Only All-Electric School Bus’ to Save $10,000 a Year
California’s Motiv Power Systems is talking up the deployment of the first of four 100% battery electric school buses by the Kings Canyon Unified School District, also of California. The Ford E-450 chassis vehicle – the SST-e by New York’s Trans Tech Bus – has a Motiv ePCS drive.
“The new electric school bus passed all KCUSD and California Highway Patrol inspections and certifications, making it the first modern electric bus to be approved for student transportation by any state,” Motiv says. It “is expected to save KCUSD over $10,000 a year in fuel and maintenance costs.”
The bus is the electric version of electric version of Trans Tech’s SST model, Motiv says, fitted with Motiv’s ePCS – electric powertrain control system.
Available via Trans Tech Ship-Through
It’s “the only solution in the truck and bus market to make medium- to heavy-duty vehicles all-electric with a variety of commercially-available batteries and motors” – in this case a Fiamm nickel sodium battery.
“The Motiv ePCS is installed on the E-450 chassis and other chassis types, as a ship-through modification similar to a compressed natural gas up-fit,” Motiv says. “This enables minimal changes between the fossil fuel and electric versions of the vehicles.”
“We are answering the call of the transportation industry to build reliable EVs that fit seamlessly into the existing truck and bus manufacturing and service infrastructure,” Motiv founder and CEO Jim Castelaz says in his company’s Kings Canyon announcement.
“We are absolutely thrilled to see this school bus transporting students without exposing them to diesel exhaust,” Castelaz says. “I hope that by the time my daughter is old enough to go to school, [that] clean, zero-emission school buses like this one will be the industry standard.”
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Source: Motiv Power Systems with Fleets & Fuels follow-up