Cites 11 Commitments from Six Cal School Districts,
Predicts a Big Bump in Business Behind VW Settlement,
Leases Manufacturing Space and Prepares to Build More
Citing state agency funding, GreenPower Motor reports purchase commitments for 11 of its new Synapse 72 all-battery school buses from six California school districts – and predicts that money from the Volkswagen diesel settlement could give a big boost to the nascent battery school bus industry.
“GreenPower and School Bus Sales of California are waiting for the distribution of grant agreements and completion of the HVIP process in order to move forward with these orders, and they expect purchase orders to be completed by September,” states a release.
Separately, GreenPower said last week that it’s leased two warehouses in Porterville, Calif., sufficient to fulfill all of its battery bus commitments for a year. Additionally, the company owns 9.3 acres of land near the Porterville Municipal Airport, where it plans to build a two-story office building and a manufacturing facility comprising a total of 144,000 square feet. Construction is to commence in October. Porterville is north of Bakersfield in California’s Central Valley.
HVIP is the California Air Resources Board’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project. GreenPower’s Synapse 72 all-electric Type D school bus has been approved by CARB for HVIP vouchers, providing as much as $110,000 for each Synapse 72 sold for use in a disadvantaged community in California.
TM4 and Siemens
GreenPower continues to show off a Synapse 72 bus with motors by TM4 (the company also uses Siemens motors) and lithium iron batteries. The company offers battery packs with capacities up to 165 kilowatt-hours, enough for 100 miles of range from just 80% SOC/state-of-charge.
GreenPower manufactures its own battery packs and BMS/battery management systems, packaging cells from a variety of suppliers.
The company claims the best per-seat cost of all battery bus builders: as low as $4,500 for a vehicle with the maximum number seats for the smallest students.
GreenPower is working with organizations in multiple states to help fleets take advantage of Volkswagen settle funds to purchase zero emission buses. “With our low floor, high floor and double decker buses, we are the only company with a complete range of all-electric buses that can take advantage of all of the mitigation actions that are available for all-electric buses under this program,” GreenPower president Brendan Riley said in a release earlier this year.
‘More Than Enough Business to Work With’
“We believe this program will help accelerate the adoption of all-electric buses, scrap buses with older diesel engines that are notorious polluters and be part of the solution in remedying this scandal,” he said.
“Everybody is going to have more than enough business to work with when the Volkswagen funds kick in in earnest,” says company co-founder and chairman Fraser Atkinson. He told F&F that the VW money, when finally available, could increase California’s population of electric school buses ten-fold.
Blue Bird veteran John Roselli is sales VP at School Bus Sales of California, an Adomani company.
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Source: GreenPower with Fleets & Fuels follow-up