GreenPower delivers six BEAST EVs to a U.S. school board
by CM Staff
The BEAST (Battery Electric Automotive School Transportation) is a purpose-built, all-electric, 40-foot, Type D school bus with a range of up to 150 miles.
LOS ANGELES — GreenPower Motor Company Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of zero-emission, electric-powered, medium and heavy-duty vehicles, announced that Thermalito Union Elementary School District has taken delivery of six GreenPower BEAST school buses. This delivery marks the largest single order and delivery of GreenPower’s BEAST school buses to date. The transaction was facilitated by Creative Bus Sales.
Andrew Koster, Director of Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation at Thermalito UESD, commented, “Our vision for Thermalito UESD’s EV Fleet was to provide drivers with transit-style school buses to allow for greater visibility and increased capacity. Upon visiting GreenPower’s assembly facility in Porterville, CA and inspecting the vehicles, we found their fit, finish, and build quality to be evident. Additionally, our test drive solidified our expectations for performance, comfort, and, most importantly, range.” Koster continued, “The district is thrilled to deploy GreenPower’s BEAST school buses to provide students with safe, comfortable rides while also cultivating a cleaner community.”
The BEAST (Battery Electric Automotive School Transportation) is a purpose-built, all-electric, 40-foot, Type D school bus with a range of up to 150 miles and a 194.5-kWh battery pack. The vehicles can charge up to 19 kW on a standard J1772 protocol or DC fast charge with additional standard features like air ride suspension, pass through storage, and air disk brakes.
One of the school buses received funding from the Butte County Air Quality Management District through their clean vehicle incentive program. The other five school buses received funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC) California Clean Energy Jobs Act Prop 39, which has awarded schools with more than $1.7 billion over the last five years to plan and install energy efficiency upgrades, clean energy generation measures, and zero-emission transportation.