Is an Electric School Bus Right For You?

Are you trying to decide if an electric school bus is a right choice for your fleet? There are many different advantages to having an electric bus in your fleet, but there are also many things to consider when making the switch. Answer these three questions to help you make the right decision.

What are your routes ranges?

Electric buses are a modern solution to decreasing your district’s fuel usage. With diesel-powered buses when your fuel levels are low you fill up. Electric buses require a charge rather than adding fuel. This makes it important to consider what your route ranges are. Most electric school buses on the market have a usable range up to approximately 100 miles. The Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley has a range of up to 138 miles. It has been said that electric school buses aren't able to keep up with the demand that school districts have. School districts are running at least two times a day for multiple hours at a time, and electric buses are more than capable of keeping up. The break in the middle of the day makes the perfect time to charge up if needed.

What is your terrain like?

Depending on what your district’s terrain is like, that can affect what range your bus can achieve. To get the most out of your school bus’ range, avoid speeding, excessive idling, hard acceleration, hard braking, and cornering. Routes that include steep inclines and declines will drain your battery faster, shortening your range. Although some electric vehicles perform poorly in the colder months, that isn’t the case for all electric-powered vehicles. Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley’s battery system is built to provide increased safety and unparalleled performance, even in the colder months.

Do you have a utility provider that can support your fleet?

The Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley charges in just 2-3 hours when charging at a DC charging station. Having a good relationship with your utility provider can ensure a successful transition to electric buses. Your utility provider will work with your district to plan for your electric bus expansion or additions.

Call our office to learn more about the benefits of adding electric buses to your fleet or to get started today!