Following the overwhelmingly positive customer reaction to the unveiling of both Blue Bird's Type C and Type D electric-powered buses last year, Blue Bird has been busy bringing the buses to the market in record time. For more information see the IDTechEx report on electric buses.
Since kicking off its national customer Ride & Drive events in seven markets in California in January, the Blue Bird electric Type D bus made successful stops in Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and Ohio. The bus is currently in New York and then will head to Florida, Ontario Canada, and several stops along the way. Ride & Drive customers include school districts, fleet operators, air-quality authorities and even utility companies, who gave unanimously enthusiastic feedback on the whisper-quiet ride, smooth acceleration and handling.
"After the outstanding response we saw in California, Blue Bird is excited to showcase our electric school buses to customers and drivers across North America, not as concept vehicles, but as a preview of our production buses later this fall", said Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation. "We are delighted to expand our "green" product offering by adding electric bus options in both Type C and D body styles. Our electric buses have received an Executive Order from the California Air Resources Board and both HVIP and TVIP listing, which qualify Blue Bird's electric buses for grants available in California and New York, respectively. That's great news for our customers and following our Ride & Drives in California, we are already receiving orders from school districts. We are open for business and taking orders!"
"It's our tradition to be first-to-market in offering exciting, innovative and differentiated products that customers want and value," added Phil Horlock. "Our electric buses complete our alternative-fuel vehicle line-up and we're committed to continued growth in the fastest growing segment of the business. We haven't created a fancy name for this bus or touted foreign technology - our electric bus is designed and Made in America, just as Blue Bird has been for 90 years. Welcome to Blue Bird Electric-Powered Buses!"
Deliveries will begin in late summer/early fall 2018. The 160kWh lithium-ion battery capacity provides expected 100-120 mile range on a single charge with high-powered Vehicle-to-Grid capability coming in 2019, supported by the DoE development grant.
Source and top image: Blue Bird
Learn more at the next leading event on the topic: Electric Vehicle Materials Europe 2020 on 13 - 14 May 2020 at Estrel Convention Center, Berlin, Germany hosted by IDTechEx.