EDI’s PowerDrive 7000ev for Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric
Daimler’s Thomas Built Buses unveiled its 100% battery-powered school bus, the Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric, yesterday at NAPT, the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio.
The vehicle has a PowerDrive 7000ev driveline from EDI, Efficient Drivetrains, Inc., with a baseline single-charge range of 100 miles and exportable power: “students riding the school bus will be able to charge their computers and other devices directly from the bus.”
Nicknamed Jouley, the Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric is to be in early production in 2019, Thomas Built said in Ohio.
Bigger Battery Option
“Jouley is named after the joule unit of energy,” Thomas Built Buses Caley Edgerly president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses said in the announcement at NAPT. “A joule is equivalent to the amount of energy that is dissipated as heat when an electric current of one ampere passes through a resistance of one ohm for one second. So we are having fun with Jouley.”
The first generation Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric with EDI drive will pack from 100 to 160 kilowatts of battery energy with an option for a higher range with additional battery packs. Among its features are PowerSuite vehicle control software and PowerTracker telematics and diagnostics system.
‘Commitment to Battery Electric Vehicles’
“Additional enhancements and features,” said Edgerly, “can be leveraged with this new electric powertrain.”
“Daimler Trucks North America is committed to developing sustainable mobility with an emphasis on battery electric vehicles,” Daimler Trucks North America president and CEO Roger Nielsen says in the Thomas Built Jouley release. He noted Daimler’s broad line of CNG/compressed natural gas-fueled trucks and buses, and propane-powered school buses and medium duty trucks, and said, “Our commitment to battery electric vehicles continues our strong leadership in matching our customers’ needs with the best powertrain for their application and environment.”
The company urged customers to get in touch with their local Thomas Built dealers.
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